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Evans handed one-year ban after testing positive for cocaine

The former British number two failed the test at the Barcelona Open in April Credit: PA

Dan Evans has been handed a one-year ban after testing positive for cocaine, the International Tennis Federation has announced.

The former British number two failed the test at the Barcelona Open in April and announced the news at an emotional press conference in June.

The ban has been backdated meaning Evans will be eligible to play again on April 24 next year.

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Dan Evans' dream Australian Open run ended by Tsonga

Briton Dan Evans enjoyed his best ever run in Melbourne. Credit: PA

Dan Evans' fairytale run at the Australian Open came to an end after the British number three was beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Evans knocked out world number seven Marin Cilic and then Bernard Tomic to reach his first grand slam fourth round but Tsonga proved a step too far, the Frenchman sealing a 6-7 (4/7) 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory.

Despite the defeat, Evans is set to climb from 51st to 45th in the world rankings and leaves Melbourne knowing he can compete with the best.

Tsonga, the 12th seed, goes through to face US Open champion Stan Wawrinka for a place in the semi-finals.

Earlier, Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat to Mischa Zverev of Germany.

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