Dan Evans forced out of Tokyo Olympics after positive Covid test in latest blow to Team GB tennis hopes

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Great Britain’s tennis hopes at the Tokyo Olympic Games have taken another huge hit after Dan Evans tested positive for coronavirus.

The men’s British No1 has been forced to pull out of the Games, only 24 hours after women’s No1 Johanna Konta did likewise.

Konta had missed Wimbledon after being forced into isolation when a member of her team contracted the virus, before later testing positive herself.

Though she may have been back in time to play in Tokyo, the combined isolation periods mean she had been unable to train properly for more than a fortnight.

“Unfortunately I recently tested positive for COVID-19. I will not be able to prepare and get myself ready for the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Evans wrote on Instagram.

“I am hugely disappointed and currently self-isolating according to guidelines as set 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.”

Evans, who was the 22nd seed at Wimbledon, was knocked out in the third round at the grasscourt Grand Slam.

Britain’s hopes will rest on twice Olympic champion Andy Murray, who also fell in the third round at Wimbledon, while Heather Watson leads the women’s charge.

A number of big names in tennis are missing the Olympics, including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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