Daniel Evans reacts to Daniil Medvedev testing positive for virus

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Daniel Evans reacts to Daniil Medvedev testing positive for virus

Great Britain's Daniel Evans has said that he is eager to get vaccinated as he absolutely doesn't want to be withdrawn from a tournament due to the coronavirus. On Tuesday, world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters after his test for COVID-19 returned as positive.

The Russian had been also scheduled to play in doubles. "It's definitely in mind I'm very eager to get vaccinated, if I can. It would be heartbreaking if I tested positive for Wimbledon. It's very important to stick to the protocols in place," Evans said, per Chris Oddo.

"If some people are being blasé, then it ruins it for everybody else because if one person tests positive, this virus, it can go round very quickly. So seeing scenes in England yesterday, I won't be socializing any time soon."

Evans made a positive start to his Monte Carlo campaign

On Tuesday, Evans overcame 2019 Monte Carlo Masters runner-up Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-7 (11) 6-2 to reach the Monte Carlo second round. Evans prevented Lajovic from defending his points from his previous campaign and reaching another final.

In the 2019 Monte Carlo final, Lajovic lost to Italian Fabio Fognini. On Tuesday, Fognini started his Monte Carlo campaign with a 6-2 7-5 win over Lajovic's fellow compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic. "It was difficult coming here with a bit of pressure,” Fognini said in his post-match interview.

“Last week was a really bad week for me, so I tried to change something in my game, especially mentally, because when I am feeling good, [my] tennis is going the perfect way." "The first round is always difficult," said Fognini. "He was pushing the ball really hard from the baseline… I am happy about my victory today”.