British tennis player Dan Evans tests positive for cocaine 

Reading a prepared statement, Evans said: “This is a very difficult day for me and I wanted to come here in person to tell you guys face to face. I was notified a few days ago that I failed a drugs test in April where I tested positive for cocaine.

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“It’s really important that you know this was taken out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis.

“I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I do not condone for one second to anyone that this was acceptable behaviour.

“I’ve let a lot of people down – my family, my coach, my team, sponsors, British tennis and my fans.

“I can only deeply apologise from the bottom of my heart. This has been an extremely sad and humbling experience.”

In a subsequent statement, the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) confirmed Evans’ provided his positive sample on April 24 “in association with his participation in the Barcelona Open”.

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The world number 50 will be provisionally suspended from June 26, pending determination of his case.

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