‘It’s a shame he’s not here’

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We’re not used to seeing Dan Evans, a cheeky scamp from Solihull, being overcome by emotion. He’s usually the sort to chop off any introspection with a quip. However Evans couldn’t cease the tears flowing on the finish of his third-round win over Bernard Tomic.
After Tomic had netted a forehand to fall to a straight-sets defeat, Evans put his hand over his mouth, then pointed on the sky in a salute to his former coach Julien Hoferlin. The 2 males labored collectively for the perfect a part of 5 years, between 2009 and 2014, earlier than Hoferlin was struck down by a mind tumour and died in April on the shockingly early age of 49.
“Fairly lots of people jogged my memory about Jules this week,” stated Evans afterwards, tears coming to his eyes once more within the interview room. “It is clearly a disgrace he isn’t right here.
“He wrote that article on the finish, which clearly wasn’t that complimentary about me. I believe he stated that tennis was an interlude in my life. On the time, he was most likely proper. Once you get a bit older, you look again at these kind of issues. I am positive he sees it from someplace, however simply not on the best facet.”

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