Dan Evans got his grass court season off the ground but had his campaign cut short in the second round of the LTA’s Lexus Surbiton Trophy.

It is a path the 34-year-old from Birmingham has tread before, winning the ATP Challenger in 2019, but a 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 loss against Zachary Svajda denied him a quarter-final berth.

Despite a close encounter with the American, the British No.2 will look to advance further as he finds his rhythm in the run-in to SW19’s Grand Slam Wimbledon lawns.

He will turn his attention straight to the LTA’s Rothesay Open Nottingham next week, where he is likely to enter as the No.1 seed.

The West Midlands talent only started preparations for the grass court season on Monday, making a straight switch from the Roland Garros clay but it will not take long for the Top 100 player to gather momentum on the surface.

Evans has won three matches and lost 12 across his last 15 singles bouts but is presented with an opportunity to climb up the rankings once more this summer.

He reached a career-high ranking of world No.21 last year following a successful August, reaching the third round of the US Open for a fifth time in 10 years, just missing out to Carlos Alcaraz.

And a second career ATP title win at the Citi Open in the same month in Washington, where he took out Frances Tiafoe and Grigore Dimitrov can help him carry confidence into another huge summer.

Evans recently partnered Andy Murray in his last year at Roland Garros, but the pair were knocked out in the first round 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-3) by South American duo Sebastian Baez and Thiago Seyboth Wild.

And as Murray eyes a final Wimbledon before retirement, Evans is preparing for an advancement on his first-round departure last time out.

For the latest action on the British summer grass court season, check out the LTA website