Dream Team rocked by Covid scare, star pulls out of Tokyo
Dan Evans, the top-ranked British male tennis player, said on Wednesday that he has withdrawn from the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19.
“I will not be able to prepare and get myself ready for the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Evans posted on social media.
The 31-year-old is 28th in the ATP rankings.
“I am hugely disappointed and currently self-isolating according to guidelines set out by the government,” he wrote, Evans had been selected to play in the singles in Tokyo along with reigning Olympic champion Andy Murray and to partner Neal Skupski in the doubles.
“I want to wish the entire GB team all the very best for the games and look forward to being back on the court in the near future,” he concluded.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem have all pulled out of the Olympic tennis, while newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic put his chances of playing in Tokyo at “50/50”.
Evans’ withdrawal comes one day after another British star, Johanna Konta, announced she would not be competing due to Covid-19.
The games have been rocked by reports of a cluster outbreak at the Brazilian team hotel.
Up to 31 members of the South American nation’s team are believed to be staying at the venue.
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DREAM TEAM ROCKED BY COVID SCARE
A member of the US Olympic men’s basketball team has been placed in Covid-19 health and safety protocols, USA Basketball confirmed on Wednesday.
Officials did not release the name of the player, but The Athletic reported it was Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal.
It was not clear whether the player had tested positive for coronavirus or was placed in the protocols because of potential exposure.
The news comes 11 days before the Americans are scheduled to play their first game at the Tokyo Olympics on July 25.
The team is training in Las Vegas and played a friendly against Argentina on Tuesday. Beal scored 17 points, matching Kevin Durant as the top scorers in the contest, a 108-80 victory for the United States.
Beal has started all three of the United States’ pre-Games friendlies in Las Vegas.
The reigning Olympic champions had been jolted by losses to Nigeria and Australia before beating Argentina.