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British tennis player Dan Evans banned for a year following positive test for cocaine

Mirror logo Mirror 3/10/2017 Liam Prenderville
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British tennis player Dan Evans banned for a year following positive test for cocaine.

The world No.108 tested positive for the banned substance after competing in the Barcelona Open in April.

Evans was charged with an anti-doping violation in June and accepted the charge, although he was insistent it was taken out of competition.

“I made a mistake and I must face up to it,” said the 27-year-old this summer.

"It is really important for you to know that this was taken out of competition and completely unrelated to tennis.

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“I do not condone for one second to anyone that this was acceptable behaviour. I have let a lot of people down. My family, my coach, my team, sponsors, British tennis and my fans.

"I can only deeply apologise from the bottom of my heart. This has been an extremely sad and humbling experience. I hope you will all understand that I will not be taking any questions.

It was adjudged "Evans bears No Significant Fault or Negligence for the violation."

The 27-year-old admitted he took a small amount of cocaine on April 20, while out of competition before storing the leftover substance in a pocket of his washbag.

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He alleges he stored separate medication in the same pocket with the ITF accepting cocaine inadvertently got into his system by contamination with the medication.

The ITF has handed Evans a one-year ban, which came into effect on April 24, the day his sample was taken.

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