World No.2 Daniil Medvedev tests positive for coronavirus

As a result, the Russian player has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters

Daniil Medvedev in a file photo; Credit: Daniil Medvedev Twitter page

World number two Daniil Medvedev is the latest sports person to see his career come to a standstill due to coronavirus. The 25-year-old Russian has tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters. Medvedev has been moved into isolation as he recovers. He is continued to be monitored by the tournament physician and ATP medical team.

He was due to kick-start his clay-court season in Monte Carlo, where he had been scheduled to play the winner of Filip Krajinovic and Nikoloz Basilashvili after receiving a first round bye. “It’s a big disappointment not to play in Monte Carlo,” Medvedev said.

“My focus is now on recovery and I look forward to, getting back on the tour as soon and as safely as possible,” he added.

The Russian player was replaced in the draw by Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero. The 25-year-old has also withdrawn from the doubles. Nadal will be the man to look for in the tournament as he will be chasing a record-extending 12th title in Monte Carlo.

Medvedev has enjoyed a steady rise of late. He has been one of the player’s to beat in the last year or two. Having won the last year’s ATP Finals, he continued that stellar form to reach this year’s Australian Open final before losing to Novak Djokovic.

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