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  • British tennis player to return in Glasgow after drugs ban

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/43782043
    Former world number 41 Dan Evans is set to return from a one-year drugs ban as a wildcard entrant into the qualifying draw at the Glasgow Trophy on 28 April.

    The 27-year-old, who tested positive for cocaine during the Barcelona Open last year, is eligible to return on 24 April after passing "agreed checks" by the Lawn Tennis Association.

    He said: "I have learned a lot about myself in my time away from the game, a sport that I love very dearly."

    Evans added he was "grateful".

    Under the terms of his suspension, he was allowed to access LTA facilities and support from the end of February.

    LTA performance director Simon Timson said their support "will be entirely dependent on a non-negotiable commitment to ongoing monitoring".

    He added: "The LTA condemns any form of doping, which has no place in our sport.

    "We have been having regular contact with Dan and he has shown genuine commitment to getting his tennis career back on track.

    "He has passed our agreed checks over the last six weeks and it is on this basis we have agreed to provide him with a place in the qualifying tournament for the upcoming ATP Challenger event in Scotstoun from 28 April."

    Evans thanked everyone who had supported him during his ban.

    "I am now committed to training hard, resuming my career and getting back to where I was, although appreciate this will take time," he said.

    "If there is a lesson to be learned here it's that it is every athlete's responsibility for what they put into their bodies."

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