Top-ranked Brit Dan Evans will miss Tokyo Olympics due to Covid-19

Dan Evans became the latest top player to announce he would miss the Tokyo Olympics. The top-ranked Brit has tested positive for Covid-19.

Dan Evans at Wimbledon in 2021

The player entry list for the tennis event at the Tokyo Olympic continues to thin out, for various reasons. On Wednesday Dan Evans, the World No 28 and top-ranked British male, announced that he would be forced to miss the Olympics due to a positive Covid-19 test result.

“Unfortunately I recently tested positive for Covid-19,” Evans said in a statement released by the British Lawn Tennis Association. “As a result I will not be able to prepare and get myself ready for the Olympic games in Tokyo. I am hugely disappointed and currently self-isolating according to the guidelines as set out by the government.”

Konta struck by the same ill fate

Evans isn’t the only top-ranked Brit to be forced out of the Olympics due to Covid. Just a day earlier Johanna Konta, the world No 38 and only British woman in the top-50, announced her withdrawal. Konta missed Wimbledon due to a positive Covid test by a team member, and she revealed on Wednesday that she too had tested positive.

“Unfortunately, whilst self-isolating, I also developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus,” she wrote on social media. “As a result I have been unable to train for the last two and a half weeks and sadly, that has put my body in a situation where I am unable to ask it to be fully ready in time for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

15 current top-25 players not playing the Tokyo Olympics, as of July 14

Currently nearly one-third of the top-25 players on tour are slated to miss the Olympics. Here is the current list as of July 14. The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 24.

WTA

  • No. 3 Simona Halep 
  • No.5 Bianca Andreescu
  • No. 6 Sofia Kenin
  • No. 16 Serena Williams

ATP

  • No. 3 Rafael Nadal
  • No. 6 Dominic Thiem
  • No.9 Roger Federer 
  • No. 10 Denis Shapovalov
  • No.14 Roberto Bautista Agut 
  • No. 16 Casper Ruud
  • No. 18 Cristian Garin
  • No. 20 David Goffin
  • No. 21 Grigor Dimitrov
  • No. 22 Milos Raonic
  • No. 23 Jannik Sinner
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