Dan Evans ‘insulted’ by Davis Cup doubles snub: ‘It’s f***** annoying’
Dan Evans has expressed his frustration at not being selected to play doubles for Great Britain in the Davis Cup, saying he “doesn’t need to play doubles on the tour to prove how good I am at doubles”.
Great Britain have failed to qualify knockout stage of this year’s Davis Cup Finals in Malaga after they finished third behind the Netherlands and the United States in the group stage event in Glasgow in September.
Evans was part of the squad as they lost against the Netherlands and US with their only win coming in the dead rubber against Kazakhstan, but he only played in the singles, losing one match and winning one.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury got the nod for two of the doubles matches while Salisbury teamed up with Neal Skupski against Kazakhstan.
It has been the story of Evans’ Davis Cup career as, since making his debut in 2009, he has never played doubles and he is not happy about it.
“It’s f**king annoying. It’s disappointing. To be frank, it’s a bit insulting also that I haven’t been picked ever to play the Davis Cup [in doubles],” he told iNews.
“This is meant in the nicest possible way to the doubles guys, there’s nothing against them – but I don’t need to play doubles on the tour to prove how good I am at doubles. When I do, I normally do okay.
“I think we need to look past doubles rankings for a Davis Cup tie and if a game style fits or a game style doesn’t then maybe we should be picking other people.”
World No 26 Evans even played doubles alongside Skupski on the ATP Tour last year and they finished runner-up at the Miami Open and the Monte Carlo Masters while this year he teamed up with John Peers and they reached the Canadian Open final.
Yet no doubles call was forthcoming from GB Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.
“I had the conversation [asking to play] in Austria,” Evans added.
“I played with Neal before for a year to try and play Davis Cup, and didn’t get picked. I’m at a loss as to why I’ve never played.
“It’s frustrating as I said, and a bit insulting as well. It’s something I have to think about going forward if I want to put myself in that position again to keep going there and we’re not getting the right results.
“Maybe I should maybe have a conversation and sit down, and if he [Smith] wants to go a different way then it’s entirely up to him. He’s the captain.
“It’s disappointing and mainly it’s for the team. I don’t want to play for myself. I want to play because I think that’s the best for the team.”
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