This year has not only seen a change in in Dan Evans' tennis ability, but it has also seen a big rise in his fanbase. The 23-year-old has commented on the fact that he enjoys being noticed in the streets more and that he has noticed a massive change in his popularity just this year.
At the beginning of the year, he had only just reached the top 300 whereas now he is ranked at 179 which is nearly double from the beginning of the year. He first started to attract attention when he started to beat people inside the top 100, such as the American Ryan Harrison. To add to this, in his next tournament at Queens Club he beat the Argentine Guido Pella (75) 6-3 6-1 and then beat Jarko Nieminem, who currently ranks inside the top 40.
Possibly his most disappointing patch came when he failed to qualify for Wimbledon this year, losing in the first round to a Spaniard ranked around 150. However, he now seems to have left that in the past as he not only qualified for the US Open at Flushing Meadows but also progressed into the third round after beating Japanese number one Kei Nishikori and Australian Bernard Tomic.
His American adventure came to and end with a 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 4-6 7-5 defeat against Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo. Yet despite this exit, this was the Birmingham youngster's best Grand Slam performance.
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