Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander was disappointed in Daniel Evans' attitude showed at Melbourne Park on Wednesday but he insists the game needs the Briton. Evans, seeded at No. 30, exited the Australian Open in the second round after a 6-4 6-3 6-4 loss suffered to world No.
71 Yoshihito Nishioka. After losing to Nishioka for the third consecutive time, the Briton admitted he hoped the Japanese would lose his first round match and they wouldn't meet. Seven-time Grand Slam champion Wilander says Evans isn't perfect but still thinks the Briton and Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios make the game better.
"To me, Dan Evans is an example of somebody that puts the clock back a little bit and tells everybody: ‘Listen, tennis is not a freak sport where you need to have rich parents, who sit in your players’ box for every single week of the whole year, and you need to talk to your coaches’ box between every shot," Wilander told The Express & Star.
“He’s a normal human being who struggles through certain things in life. He’s winning matches. Then he says he wasn’t up for it. “Is he going to win majors with that attitude? No. Will he make tennis more accessible in people’s minds in their normal homes? Yes.
“We need him. For the world to go round in tennis. We need Nick Kyrgios as well. Thank god we have them. But, yes, I was disappointed."