The number three ranked tennis player, Dan Evans, in Britain has revealed that he has tested positive for using cocaine during a drug test that was done in April.
Dan Evans, 27, has represented Britain in the Davis Cup said he only found out about the result of the test this week and was sad because he has let his people down.
“I have made a huge mistake and I own up to it 100 percent” Evans who is ranked as the world number 50 said.
According to the rules of International Tennis Federation (ITF), when it comes to doping, a player can receive up to four years ban.
The ITF revealed that the positive sample was provided during the Barcelona Open on the 24th of April and further stated that the player’s ban will kick off from the 26th of June.
“It is important that people know I took this drug when I was out of competition and it has no relations to my activities in the tennis court,” Evans said from his base in Birmingham.
“But this does not mean that I think my behaviour is appropriate in any way.
“I have disappointed a lot of people which includes my coach, my family, my team, British tennis, my sponsors and of course my fans. I just want everyone to know that I am truly sorry.”
“This is a humbling and sad experience for me.”
Evans last featured at the Surbiton event on the 10th of June before he picked up a calf injury which made him withdraw from other tennis events in London, Nottingham and Eastbourne.
He lost all his games at Roland Garros and also went out at the first stage of the Madrid Open and Rome Masters
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said they were disappointed by the news.