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Czech tennis player at Delhi ITF event tests positive

With the commencement of ITF men’s event in New Delhi, one of the Czech Republic Tennis Player Dalibor Svrcina has tested positive for Covid-19. He has achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of 858 and career-high ITF juniors ranking of 8 in the world.

Svrčina and his partner Jonáš Forejtek won the 2019 Australian Open boys’ doubles title, beating Emilio Nava and Cannon Kingsley in the finals. Currently, he was coaching under Jan Masik at the Tk Agrofert Prostejov, the national tennis club.

Svrcina was scheduled to play in the singles semifinals and doubles final but was forced to give a walkover in both. Svrcina, ranked 863rd, was part of the Junior Davis Cup-winning Czech team in 2017. He had competed in Pune where he lost in the second round in singles and semifinals in doubles.

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Richa Balshi, the tournament director says that “We came to know about the positive result late evening yesterday. He has been quarantined”. She further adds that “He has not shown any symptoms. His coach, with whom he has been sharing a room, as well as his doubles partner have tested negative”. 

As a consequence, Svrcina’s opponent in the singles semifinal, Nikki Poonacha, advanced to the final where he will face American Oliver Crawford, the winner in Pune last week.

In the doubles final, Arjun Kadhe and Saketh Myneni were the beneficiaries while Hungarian Zsombor Velcz, Svrcina’s partner, settled for the runner-up finish.

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