DANIEL Evans’ Wimbeldon adventure was over just three hours after it started as the Hall Green rookie was destroyed by Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
The 19-year-old made too many mistakes against the former world number three who won 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 at the All England Club.
Evans, making his senior debut in a grand slam event, was handed a wildcard by LTA officials after a meteoric rise in the world rankings saw him reach 305 going into the tournament.
But the British number five – who won his first senior event in March - insists he is desperate to earn his place at future Wimbledons on his own merit.
“If I’m still asking for wildcards into Wimbledon when I’m 25-years-old then I’ll consider doing something else,” said Evans – who lifted the AEGON Pro-Series Challenger trophy in Jersey in March.
Britain’s number two seed Alex Bogdanovic is exactly that age, and he also crashed out in the first-round after receiving a wild card entry from the LTA.
Evans continued: “I want to get on the main tour and reach the top 100 – I don’t want to get to that age and still be playing in the Challengers or the Futures events lower down the ladder.
“Davydenko is a good player but I always felt like I was in a match with him. He was making the same mistakes as me but just not as many.
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