Last Updated on August 13, 2022
Daniel Evans was one of those tennis players who came into the game by chance and made a name for themselves. The British professional tennis player was born in Birmingham, England, on the 23rd of May, 1990, to the family of David and Bernadette Daniel. His father was an electrician, while his mother was a nurse.
He began playing the racket game at 7 when he played squash with his father at the West Warwickshire Squash and Tennis Club in Solihull. Some years later, he finds himself trying out tennis and discovers he got what it takes to play the game.
At age 10, he moved on to train at Edgbaston Priory before he eventually left home at 13 for Loughborough to continue his training at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Academy and lived with a host family.
His career has not been much decorated since he has only afforded just a professional career title since he became a pro in 2006. However, he has reached a total of 3 ATP finals (winning one) and was also a member of the British team that won the Davis Cup in 2015 to put an end to 79 years drought of Britain in the tournament.
He currently ranks number 2 in Britain’s LTA Singles Ranking and is 39 on the ATP Singles Ranking.
The current coach of Daniel Evans is Sebastian Prieto. Sebastian is an ex-Argentine Doubles specialist who won 10 Doubles titles during his time with no Singles title.
He was a well-known coach of the phenomenal Argentine tennis player Juan Martin del Porto between 2017 and 2020. Sebastian guided Juan Martin to his highest career ranking of 3 in 2018 and a Masters 1000 title at the Indian Well. His relationship with Juan Martin ended due to the player’s continued injury, as he now heads toward forced retirement.
Sebastian took charge of Daniel following his split with his coach during preparation for the 2021 tennis season. Upon taking charge, he immediately impacted Daniel and led him to his first Singles title at the Melbourne Open and attained a career highest ranking of 22. However, he lost his position as the British number 1 to Cameron Norrie.
Evans, or Evo or the Viper, have worked with a couple of coaches during his career; however, some of his past coaches have complained and left him for his attitude towards work.
Nevertheless, he always seems to reunite with his old coaches later on. The following are some coaches he had worked with:
Hilton was the most known of those who coached Evans and had worked with him in 2007 before the relationship was cut short after Hilton was guilty of cocaine intake. They later reunited in 2016 and were together till 2021, when Hilton called off the partnership because he needed to focus on his job at the LTA.
There were rumors about the sudden split considering Daniel’s records, but the air was soon cleared by Hilton, who made it known that “After discussing our plans for 2021, Dan and I have made the mutual decision to part ways at the end of November. Both of us are very proud of our collaboration this year, helping Dan achieve a career-high ranking of No.28, seven wins over Top 20 players, and reaching his first ATP 500 semi-final. I’m looking forward to taking the experience I have gained over the last three years at the highest levels of the ATP Tour and re-investing that back into the LTA’s Men’s Tennis team for the benefit of our British players and coaches”.
When Evo arrived at the LTA in 2003, Mark Taylor and Leighton Alfred were coaches at the academy. These duos guided him throughout his junior career and in 2004, when he was part of the team that won the World Junior Tennis competition. This phase ended in 2007 when he moved on to train under Hilton at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
In 2009, another phase began with Mark Taylor again taking charge as Evo’s full-time coach with Leighton, the second coach. However, between 2010 and 2012, Leighton acted as the full-time coach of Evo and returned the title to Mark Taylor until 2016, when they parted ways with the tennis star.
Paul is another top coach who worked with Daniel briefly in 2008 following the fate of Mark Hilton. The ex- American professional tennis player, who is now a successful coach, was more of a Doubles player as he recorded an awesome 14 Doubles titles and 3 Singles titles during his playing days.
He is even more successful as a coach and tennis analyst, having worked with 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras. He has also worked with Sloane Stephens and led her to the 2017 US Open title.
Julien Hoferlin was a Belgian professional coach who first worked with Evo under the British Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) in 2011. The relationship lasted for a year (2012) and was revived in 2013 but ended again in just a year by Hoferlin, who was displeased with the British about his work ethics.
Hoferlin claimed Evo has the ability to make the Top 60 Ranking but has poor work ethics and returned to Belgium. Two years after their fallout (2016), Hoferlin passed on due to a brain tumor.
During the short split between Daniel and Hoferlin, he also worked with Leon and Nick. Leon Smith was the captain of the British Davis Cup team then and was pivotal in ensuring the player enjoyed continued support from the British Lawn Tennis Association after he was stripped of the program for underperforming and poor work attitude.
Daniel Evans’ achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Daniel Evans under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Mark Taylor||2004; 2009-2016||2004 World Junior Tennis Competition|
|Leighton Alfred||2004; 2010-2012||2004 World Junior Tennis Competition|
|Mark Hilton||2007; 2016-2020||–|
|Paul Annacone||2019 Luxembourg Open|
|Julien Hoferlin||2011-2012; 2013-2014||–|
|Leon Smith and Nick Weal||2013; 2015||2015 Davis Cup|
|Sebastian Prieto||2021- till date||2021 Melbourne Open|