The progress made by Dan Evans in the last 12 months has to be remembered as one of the iconic moments in British tennis history over the last decade. The Birmingham born player has always been regarded as a great talent, but he could always find a way to waste precious talent on the courts. It was a story of Dan Evans, who was languishing around 772nd in the world rankings only as recently as in May last year. However, he has been one of the five men trusted by Team GB in order to retain the title at the 2016 Davis Cup.
Evans has been the player who would come up with inspiring press conference talks only to let-down his supporters quite badly on the court. Over the years, there have also been self-criticism which has been unheard-of in the game. Yet, there has been a sea change in the form of the player over the last few months. Evans has especially been great at the U.S. Open and only narrowly lost to Stan Wawrinka. Many believe that the 26-year-old is on the form of his life, and undoubtedly, this has played a role in the call-up by Team GB.
His recent good form has seen an astronomic rise in the world rankings and Evans is now pushing for a top 50 place. This is truly an astonishing element considering that he was ranked in the 300s less than 12 months ago. Still, the unpredictable of the player could haunt Team GB, as some critics claim that a more predictable player would have been a better bet at defending the title. Perhaps, Evans is finally starting to realise the prodigious talent. His success with Team GB in 2015 should hold him in good stead.