LONDON, June 23, 2017
Daniel Evans has announced that he failed a drug test in April, testing positive for cocaine.
The 27-year-old Briton called a press conference at the Novotel hotel in London on Friday afternoon, where he read a short statement.
“It’s really important you know this was taken out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis,” Evans said.
“I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I can only deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart. This has been an extremely sad and humbling experience.”
Evans captured five ATP Challenger career titles and reached a career high World No. 41 in March 2017.
An ITF statement said Evans’ positive test occurred at the ATP 500 Barcelona Open and the player was charged on June 16 with an anti-doping violation.