Daniil Medvedev: Tennis world No 2 spent '10 days' in bed after contracting Covid


After beating Nick Kyrgios in the second round of the competition, the athlete now faces B. van de Zandschulp to get one step closer to climbing the ranks. Speaking after his victory against Kyrgios, Medvedev said: “I have been No 2 for quite a long time. I have been playing pretty well. Of course, yeah, I want to, you know, become No 1, win 25 slams, or something like this.” The star went on to explain that if he does win the Grand Slam, he would fully deserve the No 1 credits, even though Djokovic was denied the chance to battle for the title.

Yet rewinding back to 2021, the tennis star was facing battles of his own, after he contracted coronavirus.

In the build-up to the Monte-Carlo Masters back in April last year, Medvedev revealed that he spent 10 days in bed recovering from the virus, recuperating just in time to play at the Madrid Open.

Reflecting on his bout of bad health at the time after being deemed fit enough to play in the Open, the 25-year-old said: “Yeah I feel fit, that’s the first thing, because otherwise I would not come here.

“I felt some sickness, some symptoms. It was like a strong cold you know, or something like this. [My] nose and throat were blocked a little bit. Weakness for a few days, but not more than that.

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“Coming back was not easy, the first four or five days especially after laying 10 days in your bed at home also.

“So I feel like I had a good one week-and-a-half of practice and I just won doubles, so it seems everything seems positive. Of course, looking forward to play here.

“The goal actually for all three tournaments, Rome, Roland Garros and Madrid is to at least win one match in each one of them. Step by step.

“Of course when I come to a tournament the main goal is to win it, but it’s tougher on clay than on hard court, so we’ll adjust, try my best, hope to show some good tennis, because that’s the most important when I show good tennis I can win some great matches.”


Currently in the UK Covid restrictions are set to be eased, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that mandatory face masks on public transport and in shops will no longer be necessary from Thursday, January 27.

Speaking in the House of Commons recently, Johnson said that England was reverting to “Plan A” due to the success of the booster vaccination uptake and people having adhered to Plan B measures.

In addition to face masks, other regulations that will be relaxed or lifted include:

  • Mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events would end, though organisations could choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wished
  • People would no longer be advised to work from home and should discuss their return to offices with employers
  • From Thursday, secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms and government guidance on their use in communal areas would be removed “shortly”.

However, this current plan has met some backlash from both healthcare workers and teachers.

School leaders’ unions said Covid remained a challenge for schools, with high numbers of staff and pupils absent.

Meanwhile the Royal College of Nursing commented that the government’s actions to “drop Plan B” would do “nothing to ease pressure on the NHS”.

The latest data provided on January 20 showed that there were still 107,364 daily cases of Covid and 330 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.

Although cases were down 32 percent in the last seven days, the death rate was up by 1.8 percent. And with 1,905 patients still being admitted to hospital daily, many will be wondering if the PMs “robust plan to live well with Covid” is going to be good enough.

With individuals reporting daily on the ZOE COVID app about symptoms they are experiencing, the current top five symptoms have been deciphered. These symptoms differ depending on whether individuals have been vaccinated, and how many doses they have received.

Generally, either one or two vaccinations, those who tested positive for Covid were experiencing the following:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Persistent cough.

For those who remain unvaccinated, symptoms were similar, but were ranked in a slightly different order, with the unvaccinated suffering more severely with headaches and sore throats and the addition of a fever.

Loss of smell and shortness of breath was also reported, indicating that symptoms that have previously been recorded as significant, were changing along with the evolving variants.


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