Brit tennis player Dan Evans has hired former coach Mark Hilton, almost a month after the latter stopped working with fellow Brit Kyle Edmund. Hilton will join Evans on a trial basis at next week's Stockholm Open, and then the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel.
"Obviously, the timing was a little fast from splitting with Kyle, but I had to get a coach in place for myself," Evans told BBC. “I spoke to a few other people, and that hadn't worked for me, and when I heard about Mark and Kyle I just asked if there was a chance of trying it out to see if things were still the same”.
"It would be silly to dive straight in, because things change in time," Evans added. "Obviously I'm a different person now, and he may be a different person. I'm sure it will work, we obviously get on well, so we'll see how that goes, and then hopefully next year we'll be working back together."
While the two had worked, Evans reached a career high ranking of 41 highlighted by a Fourth Round stint at the Australian Open along with a Third Round run at Wimbledon. “He's obviously a very good coach," Evans added.
"Signs of a good coach are how well they adapt - he did very well with Kyle, and I would say me and Kyle are pretty different in our personalities and the way we play tennis."