British tennis star Dan Evans says he was disgusted with himself during the drugs ban period and he wish he had never made that mistake. Evans, 30, tested positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open in April 2017 and he escaped a major ban as he was only handed a one-year ban.
Evans continued playing for another two months as in June 2017 -- just before Wimbledon and the other big British grass court events -- it was announced that the Briton tested positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open.
After the incident, the Briton insisted he was sorry and disappointed for his actions but also grateful that he avoided a maximum four-year ban. "Some days, you still think, 'that was stupid' - but I don't look back and hate myself like I did during the ban," Evans said, as revealed on the BBC.
"You're disgusted with what you did, but you have to move on at some point. "I just feel grateful for when I get out on the court." The drugs ban came at a wrong time for Evans and the Briton couldn't be more disappointed.
Evans made a great start to the 2017 season as he made his maiden ATP final in Sydney, in which he ended runner-up to Gilles Muller. A week later, Evans made his maiden Grand Slam round-of-16 at the Australian Open and achieved a career-high ranking at the beginning of the 2017 season.
But Dan Evans has made a successful comeback from his drugs ban
Evans returned to competitive action toward the end of April in 2018 and since then he has avoided taking any banned substances. But Evans didn't waste his time during his drugs ban as he was seeing a sports psychologist.
"He [the psychologist] said I had so much pent-up anger from the ban and how I was speaking about things," Evans revealed. "I left social media when it happened. I was worried what my peers would think, and the people watching."
Evans is now in a great place as he appears to be playing the best tennis of his life at the age of 30. The 30-year-old Briton made the semifinal at an ATP event in Dubai this year and also made the quarterfinals in Adelaide and Rotterdam.
Dan Evans, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, is now the highest-ranked British male tennis player.