Dan Evans returns to the qualifying draw of one of tennis’ Grand Slams this week – but he insists his US Open efforts won’t lead to him being overconfident in Australia.
Evans reached the third round of the US Open back in August, coming through three qualifying matches before upsetting Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic at Flushing Meadows.
He met his match in Tommy Robredo and then struggled with fatigue and injury as he closed the year inAmerica and the Far East, but he’s back for Australian Open qualifying.
Evans’ ranking of 149 in the world isn’t enough to see him enter the main draw automatically in Melbourne with Liang-Chi Huang, who is 115 places below him, his first opponent in qualifying.
And, while he would like to not need to qualify by the time Wimbledoncomes around in June, Evans isn’t getting carried away about what he might be able to achieve this year.
"It would be nice not to need a wild card to play at Wimbledon," he said. "But if I'm not top 100 by then, I'm not. I'll take it one week at a time.
"It's all right thinking you're good, but you need to get some results to prove that. I'm pretty confident going into the new season that I'll do well.
“It may not happen in Australia, but at some time I'm sure I'll play well and get into the top 100."
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