Australian Open 2019: Dan Evans one win away from main draw


Dan Evans is the current world number 190
Australian Open 2019
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January
Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January.

British number four Dan Evans is one win away from playing in a Grand Slam for the first time since a drugs ban after beating Austria’s Jurij Rodionov in Australian Open qualifying.

Evans, 28, will face Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi in his final qualifying match after a 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory.

Evans returned from a one-year ban in April 2018 after testing positive for cocaine during 2017’s Barcelona Open.

Fellow Briton Harriet Dart is also one round away from the main draw.

The 22-year-old beat China’s Shilin Xu 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 and will face Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic as she aims to play in the main draw of a Slam for the second time.

However, James Ward was unable to make it three British players in the final round, losing 6-4 3-6 6-3 to Argentina’s Marco Trungelliti.

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