Top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans has announced that he and his coach Mark Hilton have mutually agreed to end their collaboration. Evans, ranked at No. 35 in the world, ended his five-match losing streak at the European Open in Antwerp on Tuesday but then announced the split with his coach Hilton.
Evans, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world earlier this year just before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, collaborated with Hilton for 12 months. The 30-year-old Briton was grateful to Hilton for the efforts he put in over the last 12 months and added that he's excited about his next chapter.
"Want to send a short note to inform that Mark Hilton and I have mutually decided to bring our professional relationship to an end. I want to take this opportunity to thank Mark for his work and efforts over the past twelve months and we are both excited for what is next for each of our respective careers," Evans said in a statement released, per Sky Sports.
Evans and Hilton proud of the work they did together
Coach Hilton was happy with the work he did with Evans, saying both of them were "very proud" of the work they did together. Before taking Evans' coaching offer, Hilton also coached 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund and world No.
200 Liam Broady. Hilton will now return to working for the Lawn Tennis Association. "After discussing our plans for 2021, Dan and I have made the mutual decision to part ways at the end of November. Both of us are very proud of our collaboration this year, helping Dan achieve a career-high ranking of No 28, seven wins over Top 20 players and reaching his first ATP 500 semi-final," Hilton said.
"I'm looking forward to taking the experience I have gained over the last three years at the highest levels of the ATP Tour and re-investing that back into the LTA's Men's Tennis team for the benefit of our British players and coaches."
Meanwhile, Evans' run of five consecutive losses ended was on Tuesday after he beat Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso in the Antwerp first round 6-2 3-6 6-3. Evans broke Caruso three times and lost his serve once in the first set to easily claim the opener.
Caruso claimed the lone break of the second set to force a decider but couldn't complete a comeback as Evans won the third set to progress into the Antwerp round-of-16.