HALL Green teenager Dan Evans has vowed to repay the All England Club’s faith when he finds out his Wimbledon fate today.
At 19, Evans is the youngest of the four Brits handed wildcards to SW19, where he will join the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and British No.1 Andy Murray in today’s draw (Friday June 19).
Evans has struggled on grass this season, failing to progress past the first round on his first two outings at the AEGON Trophy in Nottingham and at the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club.
His fortunes threatened to change at the AEGON International in Eastbourne last weekend after he beat fellow Brit Ahmed El Menshawy 6-2, 6-3 during the first round of qualifying.
But the teenager failed to make the main draw at Devonshire Park after slumping to his third loss in four matches 6-3, 6-1 to Canadian Franck Dancevic.
Evans will have his work cut out to make the second round at the All England Club but believes his grasscourt form to date will count for nothing.
“I’ve just got to go away and play some tennis and get to the gym, I’m not going to work on anything specifically so I’ve just got to hit balls and prepare as well as I can for Wimbledon,” said Evans.
“It’s fantastic to be given a wild card into the main draw at Wimbledon. I’m really grateful to the All England Club for giving me this chance and hopefully I can do well.
Evans is no stranger to the corridors of SW19 having reached the last 16 of Junior Wimbledon 12 months ago – his last outing before stepping up to the senior circuit full-time.
The former St Peters School pupil has since gone on to claim three Futures titles.
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