Great Britain ATP Cup captain Tim Henman feared the worst after Dan Evans tested positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open in 2017. Evans, 29, played some of the best tennis of his career before he tested positive for cocaine and received a one-year ban from competing.
On multiple occasions, the Briton spoke on how he regretted his actions and he would learn from them. So far, the 29-year-old has enjoyed a successful comeback after the ban as in 2019 he made the Delray Beach Open final as a qualifier and climbed up to No.
42 in the world. "I thought he had thrown it all away. The decision he made was appalling, but he served his time," Henman said, per The Daily Mail. "What I think is brilliant is how well he responded. "I spent three or four days with him at Delray Beach (last March) where he qualified and made the final.
To come back from a very difficult and challenging time to then be top 50 at the end of the year is a great achievement. "He is a good person. He has made one or two bad decisions and hopefully with maturity he can build on that next year because I still think there are several areas in his game where he can do better.
If he does that, he can have even better results." Great Britain will need Evans to perform at its best as the 29-year-old will be the highest-ranked Briton at the ATP Cup.