British tennis player Dan Evans who is from Birmingham has been banned from playing the game professionally for one year following his positive test for cocaine in April, the International Tennis Federation has announced.
Evans, who is currently ranked third in the UK men's rankings and 50th in the world, said: "I made a mistake and I must face up to it."
The 27-year-old, who played a key role in Britain's victorious 2015 Davis Cup campaign, announced the failed test at a news conference at Queen's Club in London saying his taking of the drug was "out of competition and completely unrelated to tennis".
The sports apparel company Ellesse has ended its sponsorship with tennis player Dan Evans after he tested positive for cocaine.
In a statement, Ellesse, said: "We cannot condone the lifestyle choices he [Dan Evans] has made."
The British number three, from Solihull, announced last week that he tested positive for cocaine in April.
Solihull's Dan Evans has defeated the 27th seed Bernard Tomic in straight sets, 7-5 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-3) to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
It's the first time the British number three has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam.
The 26-year-old will face French number one Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the last 16.
Birmingham's Dan Evans has been called up to replace Kyle Edmund as Great Britain’s No. 2 singles player for the Davis Cup semifinal against Australia.
Evans is ranked 300th in the world and faces a tough match against an opponent who is more than 250 places above him in the world rankings.
He will take on Australia's Bernard Tomic in the second rubber at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Friday.
British number two Dan Evans crashed out of the Queen's Club Aegon Championships with a comprehensive straight-sets defeat to South African Kevin Anderson.
Birmingham-born Evans tiptoed past Jurgen Melzer in a three-set first-round upset on Monday, but was unable to repeat the heroics against the tournament's seventh seed.
Rangy Anderson's big serve caused Evans problems throughout, with the world number 18 progressing to the third round 6-2 6-3.
Dan Evans is though to his first ever ATP Tour event semi-final, after he beat German 3rd seed, Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets.
The Birmingham tennis player will face number one seed, Tommy Haas, or Andrey Kuznetsov in the next round of the Zagreb Indoors championship in Croatia.
Evans worked his way into the spotlight of British tennis last year, when he reached the third round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
Birmingham's Dan Evans is through to the third round of the US Open in New York.
The 23-year-old, who is ranked number 179 in the world, beat Australian Bernard Tomic, who is ranked just outside the top 50, in four sets, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.