Monte Carlo Masters: Following the return of a positive COVID-19 test result on 12 April 2021, World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has been withdrawn from the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
Medvedev said: “It’s a big disappointment not to play in Monte-Carlo. My focus is now on recovery and I look forward to getting back out on Tour as soon and as safely as possible.”
Medvedev has been moved into isolation and continues to be monitored by the Tournament Physician and ATP Medical Team. He has been replaced in the singles second round (following a first round Bye) and has been withdrawn from doubles competition.
He is the first non Big 4 to enter the world No.2. He had replaced Rafa Nadal as No. 2 last month, becoming the first player outside the Spaniard, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to be ranked in the top two since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005.
But all 10 of his career titles have come on hard courts and the 25-year-old has never managed to get past the first round of the French Open on the red clay at Roland Garros in four attempts.
Medvedev reached his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in February on the back of a 20-match winning run that saw him pick up trophies at the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and team-based ATP Cup.
His run included 12 straight wins over top-10 opponents and ended with defeat to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the final at Melbourne Park.
The Russian, who lives in Monte Carlo, had one of his best results on clay two years ago when he beat Djokovic on his way to the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 event
2021 Monte-Carlo Open Schedule & Dates
Dates for the 2021 edition of the Monte-Carlo Open have been announced and it will be played from April 12 to April 18 with the qualifying rounds to be held a few days before the start of the tournament main draw. The men’s singles final will be held on April 18.