Dan Evans and James Ward both continue their comebacks with first-round victories at the Challenger event in Nottingham.
By Darren Plant, Reporter Filed: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 18:21 UK
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 21:27 UK
Dan Evans and James Ward have both secured victories in the first round of the Nottingham Challenger.
Both players are looking to show some form in the hope of securing a wildcard for Wimbledon, with Evans having served a year-long drugs ban and Ward spending a significant portion of the last 18 months on the sidelines.
However, the pair have earned some valuable ranking points in the East Midlands with wins over German pair Dominik Koepfer and Tobias Simon.
Evans - who is currently ranked at 530 in the world rankings - defeated Koepfer by a 6-3 7-5 scoreline, while world number 407 Ward defied 34 aces from Simon to run out a 6-4 6-7 7-6 victor.