West Warwickshire Sports Club in Olton, Solihull are very proud that they helped local Daniel 'Dan' Evans on his way in the tennis profession.
Dan (born 23 May 1990) also known as 'Evo', started his training at the Club and has gone on to achieve great things. He is now a British professional tennis player, and a Davis Cup Champion. He is a top 100 player and a former British No.2.
Dans father David, is an electrician, and his mother Bernadette, a nurse. He first played squash with his father, aged seven, only falling into tennis by chance a couple of years later, it became apparent quickly that he had some ability and he began training in earnest.
He moved from training in Solihull to Edgbaston Priory aged 10. By the time he was 13, Evans had moved to Loughborough to live with a host family while training at the LTA’s academy at Loughborough University. Of his time at Loughborough he said: “I was never the best at 14 and 15, in fact I was probably the worst. I was smaller than the others and a bit of a late developer, but I always thought I was pretty good and in the end I was the best.”
Throughout his career he has achieved great things, amongst them are his Davis Cup contributions, he made his Davis Cup debut for Great Britain against Poland in September 2009. He twice won deciding fifth rubbers in matches from 2012 and 2013, against Slovakia and Russia respectively, thereby helping Great Britain progress to the Davis Cup World Group. Dan also played in the Semi Final against Australia, and joined the team for the Final against Belgium, Great Britain went on to win the Davis Cup in 2015, the nation's first success in the tournament for 79 years. The Davis Cup team was awarded the 2015 Sports Personality Team of the Year Award.
Dan, ranked British No. 4, is currently at the Championships at Wimbledon, his ranking allowed him to enter Wimbledon without the need for a Wild card. In the first round, he faced Jan-Lennard Struff, and won 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 7–5, despite suffering an injury in the fourth set.
He concluded his 2nd round match today, Thursday 30th June after rain stopped play yesterday, against 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, and won in 3 straight sets.
He is now through to the 3rd round where he faces Roger Federer.
So good luck Dan, we will all be cheering for you.
If you fancy being the next Andy Murray, Serena Williams or Dan Evans, book your self into the Great British Tennis Weekend the 16th & 17th July. The tennis sessions are all FREE but you need to book.
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