Britain’s No. 1 Dan Evans struggles to adapt to the coronavirus bubble at the ATP Challenger event in Nottingham…where players are not even allowed to leave hotel rooms except when on tournament grounds
- Dan Evans traveled to Nottingham after his first round exit at the French Open
- Evans says life in a tournament bubble is no more fun in England than abroad
- Players are not allowed to leave the hotel rooms once they return from the location
- The British No. 1 was allowed to walk for an hour a day last week when he was in Paris
UK No. 1 Dan Evans says life in a tournament bubble in this country is no more fun than being abroad.
Evans is currently competing in the ATP Challenger event in Nottingham, where he played last week after his first round exit from the French Open.
After his loss in Paris, he said he was eager to get away from the constraints of tournament play, but the chance to start his Wimbledon preparations with competitive action made him change his mind.
Dan Evans accepted a wildcard this week to defend his ATP Challenger title in Nottingham
Being in this country doesn’t make it any easier, especially since he’s not allowed to leave his hotel room except when he’s on the tournament grounds.
“It’s just the same old stuff, basically a normal bubble,” he said. “There’s nothing reassuring about this.
“It’s a tough one and it’s obviously going to be a long one” [this summer]. I hope if I have a few days [in between tournaments] I can just squeeze in and out, which will be nice. We all know it has to be done, so we’ll do it.
“It’s just that we’re inside. It’s a tough one, you can’t even have some fresh air. Standing outside the hotel door with a breath of fresh air doesn’t hurt anyone. That’s a hard one for me.’
Evans, 31, defeated Matthew Ebden on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals
Evans was allowed to walk for an hour a day in Paris and he took full advantage of that, but in Nottingham he is not even allowed to do that.
“It was great, you definitely take it for granted, sitting in a hotel room is not normal life,” he said.
“It’s pretty fun to spend an hour walking past the Eiffel Tower. It was good, but it’s a little different here. Some interesting thoughts about standing outside the hotel door.’
Evans will be sentenced to even longer in this current bubble after beating Australian Matthew Ebden 7-6 (6) 7-6 (4) to reach the last eight.
Evans made his way to Nottingham after his first round exit from the French Open last week
All four sets he has won so far this week have been by tiebreaks.
He added: “The best thing today was how I played on the big points, it was good. Quite up and down, but it’s fun to play good tennis on the bigger points.
“I’ve been playing the tiebreaks quite well lately and it certainly gives you confidence going into the coming weeks.
“It’s not about this week, the grass, this is a good chance to get some matches and work on my game. It definitely does what I wanted to do and hopefully I can win some more games.”