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Feb 3, 2001, New York, © 2001 SquashTalk
Photos: © 2001 Debra Tessier, squashphotos.com, Ron Beck


by Ron Beck

David Evans, following his startling victory in the British Open last October, has vaulted into the #3 position in the world rankings.

Who is David Evans? David, an often silent individual, presents an imposing presence on court. Evans, who brings an impressive height and reach to the game, is able to take full advantage of his height through relentless volleying and effortless reaches to the front of the court.

For Evan's opponents, the challenge to force Evans to move that large body around court relentlessly; and to force constant changes of direction. One of the players who has been able to do that consistently is Power. Power's precision to the front and deception has allowed him to usually dominate in his meeting with Evans.But for players without Power's gifts, Evans will provide a stern test.

It can often be a big enough challenge to move Evans out of the way! (see Heath and Evans, right).

A GREAT RUN
Evans win at the British Open makes him easily the most successful player from Wales ever. But his steady performance afterwards, which has brought him first to #5 in January and now to #3, dispels the thought that the British Open win was a fluke.

Evan's continual hard work on conditioning, attacking shots, and match tactics, has brought a welcome new face into the upper echelons of the Pro Tour. Many observers on tour look forward to 2001  being the year that Evans really establishes himself. But to do that at the TOC this week, Evans will need to first defeat an equally imposing presence on court, Australian David Palmer.


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