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Dan Evans has become the latest high-profile player to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics. The British number one has joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Johanna Konta in withdrawing from the Games after testing positive for coronavirus.
Evans was due to compete alongside Andy Murray in the men’s singles in Japan but revealed on Wednesday evening that he will not be travelling to the event.
The 31-year-old reached the third round at Wimbledon before suffering a four-set defeat against the unseeded American Sebastian Korda.
Federer pulled out of the Olympics due to a knee injury picked up at Wimbledon, while Konta missed the Grand Slam due to self-isolation and later confirmed she had tested positive for coronavirus.
Evans’ withdrawal leaves the Team GB contingent very thin on the ground, with Murray, Heather Watspn and Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Neal Skupski now the only confirmed British players at the Olympics.
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“Hi guys, unfortunately I recently tested positive for COVID-19,” Evans wrote on Instagram.
“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.
“I want to wish the entire GB team all the very best for the games and look forward to being back on court in the near future.”
Watson was due to play in the doubles alongside Konta but will no longer be able to compete as no other British players are ranked highly enough to qualify as a replacement.
The British number two will be limited to singles unless she and Joe Salisbury make the cut for the mixed doubles.
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The Olympics have been rocked by high-profile withdrawals over the past few weeks.
As well as 20-time Grand Slam duo Nadal and Federer, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov and Stan Wawrinka are also not competing in Tokyo.
Murray will defend the title he won at Rio 2016, but women’s champion Monica Puig is one of many absentees.
The Olympics run from Friday, 23 July to Sunday, 8 August, with 339 events in 33 sports set to take place.
The tennis event runs from Saturday, 24 July to Sunday, 1 August on the hard courts at Ariake Tennis Park.
The Games will take place in empty stadiums, with coronavirus restrictions heightened and Tokyo in a state of emergency following a spike of infections.
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