British tennis ace Dan Evans has returned to the tennis court after a 12-month ban for failing drug test for cocaine. While preparing for the Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger event, the 27-year-old described the drug as a shocking and “life-ruining substance,” and has vowed never to take it again. “If you saw the ruins it left behind, just failing a drugs test, never mind what that does to people, you’d be pretty confident I won’t take that drug again,” he said.
Popularly used as a recreation drug, cocaine is a dangerously addictive drug that can cause physical and psychological damage. Cocaine abuse can cause changes in the brain, altering the reward pathway and making a user more sensitive to stress thereby, giving rise to feelings of displeasure and negativity. As a user focuses more on ways to procure the drug, he/she loses everything else – health, relationships, career and life. It is imperative to seek cocaine abuse treatment at certified rehab centers to curb cravings, manage withdrawal symptoms and earn lifelong sobriety.
One-year suspension and life thereafter
In April 2017, Evans failed the drug test at the Barcelona Open and went public with his results in June. At the time of the incident, the tennis star had claimed that the alleged cocaine contamination was a result of putting a small amount of the drug in the pocket of his trousers before discarding the substance the following day. However, leftovers of the cocaine-contaminated approved medication was the same that was stored in his washbag and used by him. However, Evans had admitted taking the drug while out of the competition, four days prior to the tests. In addition to the ban, the tennis star also had to return £92,205 prize money that he had won, and the ranking points he earned between the date of his test and the official announcement in June.
Describing his life during the one-year ban from tennis, Evans shared that he had spent the first nine months away from his family, living off in Cheltenham, England with his girlfriend. The player admitted to having spent his days not doing much, but just watching daytime television. Though Evans did not disclose the circumstances that led him to use the substance, he described breaking the news about his failed drug test to the people closest to him as “a terrible conversation.” In addition to missing tennis, the player also admitted having very little contact with anyone else in tennis apart from Davis Cup captain Leon Smith and former coach Mark Hilton.
He confessed that being a professional tennis player he had not only missed a year of his life not playing the game but also let down many people, including his friends, family members and most importantly, his supporters. According to him, in addition to the audience at the court, there are many others who support a tennis player by staying awake to see the match or by extending their love to the player through text messages at the end of a match. Evans harbored doubts about ever returning to the game and now that he is back, he feels “there’s nothing like playing matches and getting your match fitness.” Even though the road ahead is not easy, he would strive to earn respect again, he said.
Road to recovery
Evans is not the only sportsperson to be banned for taking drugs. In the past, Michael Phelps, Maria Sharapova, Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones too have gone through this experience. So, it’s not just the ordinary people, stressed or homeless, who fall into the trap of drug addiction. What’s more important is to understand that it’s not a character flaw but a disease that needs to be diagnosed and treated in time.
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