Dan Evans: The present state of British tennis, his admiration of Andy Murray and Australian Open

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Dan Evans: The current state of British tennis, his admiration of Andy Murray and Australian Open









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Dan Evans has shared his considerations over the present state of British tennis

Dan Evans has shared his considerations over the present state of British tennis

British No 1 Dan Evans hopes the powers that be on the LTA (Garden Tennis Affiliation) cease searching for a future Grand Slam champion and begin concentrating on discovering a gaggle of gamers who’re able to competing inside the highest 250 on this planet.

Evans has beforehand spoken about working alongside Andy and Jamie Murray to assist develop the following technology of gamers in Britain.

It got here after Heather Watson expressed her fears a couple of lack of younger expertise coming by way of following a depressing French Open which noticed no Brits make the second spherical at a Grand Slam, capping a disappointing yr on the majors as an entire.

In Jack Draper and Emma Raducanu, Britain does have a few potential youngsters who appear destined to make an influence within the sport.

Evans says looking for a Grand Slam champion is 'not the answer' Evans says looking for a Grand Slam champion is 'not the answer'

Evans says searching for a Grand Slam champion is ‘not the reply’

However Evans, who reached a career-high rating of 28 in March, has been scathing of the amount of cash the LTA invests in looking for the following Grand Slam champion. As an alternative, Evans feels the main target ought to be all about setting targets.

“For so long as I have been in tennis, there’s been scrutiny on the LTA which some whether it is fairly unfair and a few of it’s simply, however I believe searching for a Grand Slam champion is unquestionably not the reply,” he instructed Sky Sports activities.

“I believe as soon as we begin getting 10 or 15 gamers inside the highest 250 then we are able to begin speaking about high 100 after which we are able to begin speaking a couple of Grand Slam champion.

“That is the place British tennis is at so you possibly can learn into that what you want, however there’s not sufficient individuals inside the highest 250 on this planet, there’s hardly any individuals taking part in Grand Slam qualifiers and for a Grand Slam nation that is not ok. And that is on either side (women and men), you already know.”

Evans was one of six British singles players that fell in the first round of the French Open Evans was one of six British singles players that fell in the first round of the French Open

Evans was one among six British singles gamers that fell within the first spherical of the French Open

Evans remarked on the frustration felt following a French Open marketing campaign which noticed the worst efficiency by British singles gamers at a Grand Slam for seven years. He was a part of a gaggle of six who all misplaced within the first spherical.

“For the funding that we give out, that is not ok,” stated Evans in reference to British curiosity at Roland Garros. “I believe that is completely honest. When you ask them (the LTA) if that is ok, if they do not agree then we have got the improper individuals.

“I believe we have got some good individuals however I believe we’ve got some individuals (within the LTA) who usually are not so bothered in 5 years time if we have got gamers inside the highest 100 or not. Nevertheless it’s like that in each job, is not it?

“There’s individuals who do it for the love and clearly they receives a commission properly after which there’s different individuals the place motivation is the factor, however that is all the things and I believe the powers that be have to see that. I believe typically it could be somewhat simpler to overlook that and keep it up.”

“We agree with Dan that we’d like extra gamers within the high 250 and high 100 on this planet and wish to see extra younger gamers coming by way of. Anybody who doesn’t agree with these targets shouldn’t be working for us. Delivering that is precisely what our efficiency technique launched in 2018 seeks to deal with. We’re assured we’ve got the suitable plan in place and we’re always checking and difficult ourselves alongside the way in which. It’ll take time earlier than we are able to see the outcomes come by way of, as participant improvement is a protracted course of, however we’re dedicated to growing a brand new technology of expertise.”

An LTA spokesperson

Evans spent time with Andy Murray (left) during the Battle of the Brits tournament in the summer Evans spent time with Andy Murray (left) during the Battle of the Brits tournament in the summer

Evans hung out with Andy Murray (left) in the course of the Battle of the Brits match in the summertime

Evans additionally opened up about Andy Murray’s comeback following career-threatening hip harm and surgical procedure. The 2-time Wimbledon champion spent lots of time on the Nationwide Tennis Centre in the course of the Battle of the Brits match this summer time, organised by his brother Jamie.

And British No 1 Evans is stuffed with admiration for Murray’s persistence, regardless of criticism from Mats Wilander suggesting the 33-year-old ought to step apart for youthful expertise to be handed wildcards at Grand Slams.

“It is admirable what he is nonetheless making an attempt to do, travelling the world over most likely some weeks shedding cash to be on the market so I believe he is an excellent instance.”

Dan Evans on Andy Murray

Wilander’s feedback got here after Murray suffered the joint-heaviest Grand Slam defeat of his profession towards Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros – successful simply six video games.

“I do not suppose he must be judged however he can solely do as a lot as he can do. He is working as onerous as he can and that is all you possibly can ask of him,” stated Evans. “I do not suppose he must be judged on outcomes. He is received all the things which he wants and he desires to get higher at tennis which he’s nonetheless striving to do.

“I believe (he is setting) an ideal instance that it is not about cash, it is not about what he is received. It is clearly only a like to be competing and taking part in tennis so I believe it is a good instance to individuals on the market.

“In a world during which we reside in now, it is all about cash and it is simple to say he has all the cash now, however I believe it is admirable what he is nonetheless making an attempt to do, travelling the world over most likely some weeks shedding cash to be on the market. I believe he is an excellent instance.”

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Evans has praised Andy Murray’s comeback try as a ‘good instance’ to individuals

Evans has praised Andy Murray’s comeback try as a ‘good instance’ to individuals

The British No 1 is on the up and has shown his true potential The British No 1 is on the up and has shown his true potential

The British No 1 is on the up and has proven his true potential

Evans, 30, is discovering his true potential after a medicine ban in 2017 left him reeling. He has since turned issues round and regardless of not having the ability to cap off his comeback with a maiden ATP tour title, he’s nonetheless pleased with reaching three semi-finals this yr, together with back-to-back tournaments in Antwerp and Vienna final month.

“I’ve had an excellent few years. Clearly final yr I did not play so nice within the majors however I performed a comparatively stable yr which was somewhat interrupted,” he stated. “We performed what we might after we received again and it was a reasonably good yr. It stands me in good stead for the beginning of subsequent yr.

“That does not imply I will have an excellent yr subsequent yr however I can solely strive as onerous as I can and maintain going ahead hopefully.”

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Evans is optimistic about his prospects for the 2021 season after reaching a career-high twenty eighth on this planet rankings earlier this yr

Evans is optimistic about his prospects for the 2021 season after reaching a career-high twenty eighth on this planet rankings earlier this yr

With uncertainly surrounding which tournaments will probably be scheduled within the lead-up to the Australian Open, Evans revealed he’s caught in limbo and unable to make any future plans.

Evans parted methods with coach Mark Hilton not too long ago and hopes to the touch base with Chris Johnstone as soon as he learns extra about which occasions will go forward in January.

“I do not actually know as a result of I do not know the ins and outs of the state of affairs as do no different tennis gamers. I haven’t got a plan in place to be completely trustworthy with you,” revealed Evans.

“I’ve Chris who’s in Australia so he is ready for me to reach there after I can go after which the health coach aspect of it I’ll determine on that relying on after I can depart – if to do the pre-season right here or extra over there if I can depart earlier.”

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Evans admits he hasn’t but began preparations for the Australian Open attributable to uncertainty as as to if the occasion will go forward on its deliberate begin date

Evans admits he hasn’t but began preparations for the Australian Open attributable to uncertainty as as to if the occasion will go forward on its deliberate begin date

Evans should deal with a compulsory 14-day self-isolation in Australia as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Then there’s the rising uncertainly round whether or not or not the ATP Cup will go forward.

With the ASB Traditional in Auckland cancelled, the 250 Adelaide Worldwide might see a stacked area forward of the beginning of the Australian Open.

“At this fee I additionally must look and see what tournaments are going to be on and can or not it’s logistically and economically potential – whether or not it will likely be value it as a result of the prize cash has gone proper down,” Evans stated.

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“I’ve heard there’s going to be a giant draw within the 250 occasion within the first week and I’ve received to be cooped up in a lodge for 2 weeks. There’s quite a bit to consider today now so it is robust to know with no plan.”

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