Medvedev tests positive for COVID-19 from Monte Carlo Masters

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From Sudipto Ganguly

(Reuters) – Daniil Medvedev of Russia, number two in the world, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from this week’s Monte Carlo Masters, the ATP said on Tuesday.

Medvedev, who was placed second on clay behind Novak Djokovic in the ATP Masters 1000 event, has been isolated and is under surveillance, the men’s tennis association said in a statement.

“It is a huge disappointment not to play in Monte-Carlo,” said 25-year-old Medvedev.

“My focus now is on recovery and I look forward to getting back on tour as quickly and safely as possible.”

The ATP published a video of Medvedev’s training in Monte Carlo with the Spaniard Rafa Nadal on Monday. The governing body did not respond to a request for comment on Nadal’s participation in the tournament.

As a Monaco resident, according to tournament protocols, Medvedev was allowed to stay at home while other players stay in bio-safe bubble accommodation.

Players who live at home are required to test for the virus daily, while players in the restricted environment are tested every four days.

Nadal, who is chasing a record-breaking 12th title in Monte Carlo, and his team were tested on Monday according to the logs and all the results were negative, Spanish publicist Benito Perez-Barbadillo told Reuters on Tuesday.

“Nadal is doing absolutely fine,” said Perez-Barbadillo on the phone from Monte Carlo. “As we understand, the virus doesn’t show up three to four days ago anyway.

“The next scheduled test is in three days.”

Nadal, the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, has not played since his quarter-final defeat at the Australian Open in February against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas due to an earlier edition.

The 34-year-old said goodbye to a first round this week and will open his campaign in the picturesque Monte-Carlo Country Club on the French Riviera against Argentine Federico Delbonis, who defeated French Adrian Mannarino 7: 5: 6: 1 on Tuesday.

Medvedev, who said goodbye in the first round, was supposed to play the winner of the game between Serb Filip Krajinovic and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, but tested positive on Monday.

The Russian was replaced by lucky Argentinian loser Juan Ignacio Londero in the draw, while he was also withdrawn from doubles.

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