FORMER Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has called on Solihull’s Dan Evans to make his Davis Cup mark this weekend if he wants to break into the world’s top 50.
The 19-year-old, who is leading the team in Andy Murray’s absence, is one of five Brits set to travel to Vilnius for the opening clash against Lithuania.
Evans endured a torrid Davis Cup debut against Poland back in September, losing both his singles matches as Great Britain were relegated from Group One following a 3-2 defeat.
The former British junior No.1 and current senior No.4 is presently ranked 252nd - but Cash is adamant a string of Davis Cup wins will see that dramatically change.
“Lithuania isn’t a glamour tie by any stretch of the imagination but it is a big step up from what Dan has been playing,” said 1987 Wimbledon winner, Cash.
“He has to find some way of improving his game and putting in that little bit extra which will get him up the rankings.
“I think guys like Dan will find out a lot about themselves on the Davis Cup stage, not just about their technique but also about their personality.
“Dan has got to step up at some stage and he has been handed the chance to do it, so why not now.”
Pat Cash is supporting the Barclays Ball Kids initiative, a national search to find 30 youngsters to be Ball Kids at the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November.
For more visit www.barclaysballkids.com.