However, he insisted he had no problem with the Lawn Tennis Association sticking to its guidelines of only offering main draw wildcards to players inside the world's top 250.
"I'm grateful that I got a wildcard into quallies, to be honest," said Evans. "I wasn't expecting a main draw anyway. I wasn't inside the criteria, and I think it's good that they're being strong with it, because then there's no grey area.
"You're either inside 250 or you're not, especially for the older ones. I think it's good that we have to play quallies to get a chance to earn our way in."
In other matches, four-time champion
beat 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-3, second seed
saw off Thiemo de Bakker 6-1 6-4, and defending champion
beat Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-4.
Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers defeated Dimitrov and Freddie Nielsen 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 in the first round of the doubles.
Meanwhile, at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, defending Wimbledon champion
won his first match of the year on grass, beating German wildcard Cedrik-Marcel Stebbe 6-3 6-3.
Former world number seven
of France was another winner in Germany, beating Czech qualifier Jan Hernych 6-2 6-3, but Monfils announced afterwards that he would miss Wimbledon this year for personal reasons.
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