Des was born in Zimbabwe in 1951 and was educated at Prince Edward School and the University of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe.) He has three children – Nicola, Gareth and Stacey.
Des emigrated to the States in February 2000 when he began coaching tennis at the Indianapolis Racquet Club. He is still coaching at the club today.
Des’ Dad, Bob Evans and his step-mother Sheila Evans (Dowdeswell) emigrated to the United States in 1980 and settled in Indianapolis. Sheila coached tennis at the Indianapolis Racquet Club for 26 years.
Nicola, Gareth ans Stacey have subsequently graduated from university at either Purdue or IUPUI in Indiana. Nicola played 4 years college tennis (Division 1) for the IUPUI Jaguars and all three children won Indiana State tennis titles with Carmel High School.