British tennis star Dan Evans wants to be remembered for his on-court performances -- not for his drugs ban. The 28-year-old tested positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open last year. The Briton was handed a one-year ban as he returned to competitive action at the Glasgow Challenger, at the end of April.
Evans appeared to be set for a breakthrough season -- but then the drugs incident happened. The Briton reached his maiden ATP Final in 2017 January at the Sydney International -- which he ended up losing to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.
The 28-year-old then reached the Australian Open round-of-16 for the first time in his career and climbed up to his career-high ranking of No. 41 in March. Evans, now ranked at No. 206 in the world, didn't have a ranking after returning from his drugs ban.
The Briton has had success on the Challenger Tour this year as that has helped him to climb up the ranking. However, his 2018 campaign appears to be over as he is dealing with a shoulder and back injury. "When I go to tournaments I still wonder what people are thinking: 'Is that the guy who got banned?,' that's only human nature.
I'd like people to remember me winning big matches and winning decent tournaments. Before I got banned it was a goal to win a main tour event and I got to a final, but probably people don't remember that. There's a lot to be done, I'll keep plodding along," Evans exclusively told The Daily Mail.