After testing positive for coronavirus, British No. 1 Dan Evans has joined the exodus from the Tokyo Olympics.
Evans is the latest high-profile athlete to pull out of the Olympics.
Dan Evans is the latest high-profile athlete to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics. After testing positive for coronavirus, the British number one has followed Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Johanna Konta in withdrawing from the Games.
Evans was scheduled to compete in the men’s singles event in Japan with Andy Murray, but he announced on Wednesday evening that he would not be attending.
The 31-year-old advanced to the third round at Wimbledon before losing to unseeded American Sebastian Korda in four sets.
Federer withdrew from the Olympics owing to a knee injury sustained at Wimbledon, while Konta was forced to withdraw from the Grand Slam due to self-isolation and later revealed she had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Evans’ withdrawal has left Team GB with a very small contingent, with Murray, Heather Watspn, and Wimbledon mixed doubles winner Neal Skupski now the only British players guaranteed for the Olympics.
Evans stated on Instagram, “Hi everyone, regrettably I recently tested positive for COVID-19.”
“As a result, I will be unable to train and prepare for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. I’m quite disappointed, and I’m currently self-isolating in accordance with the government’s recommendations.
“I wish the entire Great Britain team the best of luck in the games, and I hope to be back on the court soon.”
Watson was supposed to play in the doubles with Konta, but he won’t be allowed to compete because no other British players are ranked high enough to replace him.
Unless she and Joe Salisbury reach the mixed doubles cut, the British number two will be limited to singles.
Over the last two weeks, the Olympics have been shaken by high-profile departures.
In addition to Nadal and Federer, who have won 20 Grand Slam titles between them, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, and Stan Wawrinka will not be competing in Tokyo.
Murray will defend his Rio 2016 title, but women’s champion Monica Puig is one of many notable absences.
The Olympics will take place from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 8, and will feature 339 events in 33 sports.
The tennis tournament takes place on the hard courts at Ariake Tennis Park from Saturday, July 24 through Sunday, August 1.
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