Dan Evans, who has been knocked out of the Australian Open, has admitted he is set to snub the Olympics in favour of preparing for the US Open
British No.1 Dan Evans has revealed he is set to snub the Olympics.
The top 56 players in June are eligible to compete and Evans is currently world No.32. Andy Murray won the gold medal in London and Rio and could be invited to Tokyo as a former champion.
But there is no prize money or ranking points on offer at the Olympics while the event is held at the start of the American hardcourt season in the build-up to the US Open.
Evans was seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam here and has opted to play the regular tour rather than represent his country.
After getting knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open, he said: “I love playing Davis Cup and everything and I think everyone should represent their country for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and ATP Cup but the Olympics is sort of an individual event and I’m not sure I’ll be going to Japan really.
“First and foremost I have to take care of myself and my life rather than maybe taking time out, there’s some good tournaments on at that point.
“I probably won’t do it because of certain situations. I don’t have long to play as well so I probably won’t go over to Japan.”
There are no British men left in the singles after his 6-4 6-3 6-4 defeat to the world No.71 Yoshihito Nishioka.
Evans said: “He played good. I knew it would be difficult. In all honesty, I didn’t want him to win his first round match against Djere.
“And then when it was windy, I knew exactly how he would play and I couldn’t break him. I didn’t play great – all credit to him.
“Some days you look forward to matches and I didn’t look forward to it. I just find him overly awkward. He made it literally as awkward as possible.”
He missed out on the chance to face defending champion Novak Djokovic in the third round.