Dan Evans has criticised the state of British tennis and believes Emma Raducanu’s success has papered over the cracks.There’ll solely be three British gamers within the singles important attracts on the French Open beginning on Sunday and, for the primary time since 2008, no girls.
Of the ten British gamers in qualifying, none made the ultimate spherical, whereas 2021 US Open champion Raducanu joined Andy Murray in withdrawing having undergone surgical procedure on each her wrists and one ankle.Talking forward of his first-round conflict at Roland Garros with Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis, Evans stated: “They have been fortunate that they’d a Grand Slam champion and she or he’s an excellent tennis participant however the rankings do not lie, do they?”Males’s or girls’s, the rankings do not lie. Males’s, not many people enjoying qualys, not many important draw. I do not need to sound like a damaged file. However there’s manner additional to go than simply the highest gamers. It is from the underside up.
“We’re in a large, huge behavior of sending folks to school now. I do not suppose that massively helps. It’s going to be attention-grabbing. I believe the grass final yr actually helped paper over some cracks as properly. After the grass, there can be a little bit of soul-searching I think about, after their holidays.”
Evans claims British tennis has been fortunate Emma Raducanu loved success when she did
Evans has been a long-time critic of the home set-up and just lately criticised a few of his fellow British gamers for not competing sufficient and being prepared to grind out life on the tour.
A late bloomer after serving a medication ban and admitting to having fun with the celebration way of life an excessive amount of, Evans is aware of properly each the pitfalls and what it takes to realize success.The world No 24 stated: “You have to work exhausting. I do know what it is wish to not work exhausting and what you get from that and I do know what it is wish to work exhausting and get respectable rewards.”I am not sitting right here saying I do know the solutions. I’ve a good thought of the solutions and I’d do it very otherwise to what’s occurring now I believe. There’s sufficient folks enjoying junior tennis. We simply do not assist them.”
Evans predicts there ‘can be a little bit of soul-searching’ in British tennis quickly
Evans is definitely an instance of what may be achieved with exhausting work and the best angle, and he’ll hope to proceed his enchancment on clay when he takes on Kokkinakis on Sunday.The British No 2 has misplaced his final three matches however reached the semi-finals of clay tournaments in Marrakech and Barcelona.He joked of his relationship with the floor: “We had an excellent week at the beginning, after which we have not been on speaking phrases actually, sleeping in separate beds.”No, it has been good. I really feel snug. I have been enjoying good. It is in all probability helped having an Argentinian coach, little intricacies, which the British in all probability do not know as a result of they are not so introduced up on the clay.”