Daniil Medvedev has withdrawn from the Monte-Carlo Masters, after testing positive for COVID-19, in concerning news for Rafael Nadal fans.
The Russian, who overtook Nadal in the rankings last month, tested positive on Monday.
The ATP released a short statement confirming that Medvedev had been moved into isolation and replaced in the tournament draw.
Losing the 25-year-old is another blow for the organisers in a year with no spectators and unpredictable weather conditions.
But things threatened to get even worse once it emerged that Medvedev and Nadal had practiced together in Monte-Carlo on Monday.
There was no doubting this fact – and the ATP even posted a lengthy video of the “intense” session between the two.
Thankfully, it appears that Nadal has not been classified as a “close contact” to Medvedev, and he was seen practising on Tuesday. (We Are Tennis)
Medvedev is a loss but the tournament still has Nadal, Djokovic and others
The Spaniard opens his account against Federico Delbonis on Wednesday while fellow ‘Big Three’ member Novak Djokovic is also in action.
The Serbian star faces a mouthwatering clash against Jannik Sinner who saw off Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Tuesday.
Medvedev’s withdrawal could open the door for 7th seed Diego Schwartzman to make the last four, while 15th seed Fabio Fognini could be another beneficiary.
Nadal was projected to meet Medvedev in the semis in Monte-Carlo, with the top half headlined by Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The latter beat Aslan Karatsev in straight sets on Tuesday.