After crowning American Tennys Sandgren champion last year, the Drummondville National Bank Challenger saw its second edition be won by Daniel Evans of Great Britain on Sunday at the René-Verrier indoor tennis club.
The 25-year-old Evans defeated his compatriot Edward Corrie 6-3, 6-4 in 67 minutes. In victory, Evans lost his serve just once and broke his opponent’s serve three times. The win is the 16th pro title of his career and first this year. Evans took home four Futures titles in 2015, one in Egypt and three in his native Great Britain. He was also crowned champion of the Knoxville Challenger. In January, Evans won three qualifying matches to earn spot in the Australian Open main draw where he fell in the first round to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. For his part, Corrie made an impressive run to the final after getting into the main draw as a lucky loser following the withdrawal of Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC). He enjoyed success during this Quebec tournament swing, reaching the semifinals in Gatineau, the quarter-finals in Sherbrooke, and today’s final in Drummondville.
This year’s Drummondville National Bank Challenger was marked by the presence of four Canadians in the quarter-finals, a first on the ATP Challenger Tour since 1993. Sixteen-year-old Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) also became the first player born in 1999 to win a main draw match at a Challenger.