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Evans handed Miami lifeline

21st March 2019, 07:57 by Tom McGarry

Britain's Dan Evans has been handed a place in the first round of the Miami Masters, despite losing in qualifying on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old was beaten by Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 6-4 6-4 in a bad-tempered match during the final round of qualifying, as he was deducted a point for hitting a water bottle with his racquet before subsequently arguing with the umpire.

However, Evans, who reached the final of the Delray Beach Open in Florida earlier this year, has now been handed a place in the first round after receiving a 'lucky loser' spot following the withdrawal of a number of players.

The Birmingham-native will now face Tunisian Malek Jaziri in the first round on Thursday and if he were to win that match then he will come up against 20th seed Denis Shapovalov in round two.

Evans' compatriot, Jay Clarke, was not so lucky, as he failed to make it through to the main draw after losing 6-4 6-4 to India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran during qualifying.

There will be two other Brits in the main draw, however, with Cameron Norrie set to take on Australia's Jordan Thompson in the first round, while Kyle Edmund, who is seeded 19th for the tournament, has received a bye into round two where he will face the winner of the match between Thomas Fabbiano and Ilya Ivashka.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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