After beating Nick Kyrgios in the second round of the competition, the athlete now faces B. van de Zandschulp in a move one step closer to promotion. After his win against Kyrgios, Medvedev said: “I’ve been number 2 for a long time. I played pretty well. Of course, yes, I want to be No. 1, win 25 Slams or something.” The star went on to explain that if he were to win the Grand Slam, he would have fully earned the No. 1, although Djokovic was denied the chance to fight for the title.
But back in 2021, the tennis star faced struggles of his own after contracting coronavirus.
Ahead of last April’s Monte Carlo Masters, Medvedev revealed he had spent 10 days in bed recovering from the virus and recovered just in time to play at the Madrid Open.
The 25-year-old said of his poor health at the time after being found fit enough to play at the Open: “Yes I feel fit, that’s the first thing because otherwise I wouldn’t have come here.
“I felt an illness, some symptoms. It was like a bad cold, you know, or something like that. [My] Nose and throat were somewhat blocked. Weakness for a few days but no longer.
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“Coming back wasn’t easy, the first four or five days, especially after 10 days at home in your bed.
“So I feel like I’ve had a good week and a half of training and just won doubles so everything seems positive. Of course I’m looking forward to playing here.
“The real goal of all three tournaments, Rome, Roland Garros and Madrid, is to win at least one game in each of them. Step by step.
“Obviously when I come to a tournament the main goal is to win it, but on clay it’s more difficult than on hard court, so we’ll adapt, try my best and hope to show good tennis because that’s the most important thing, if I show good tennis, I can win some great matches.”
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Currently, the UK is set to ease Covid restrictions after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the mandatory face masks on public transport and in shops will no longer be required from Thursday 27 January.
Johnson recently said in the House of Commons that England was returning to ‘Plan A’ due to the success of the booster vaccination and compliance with Plan B measures.
In addition to face masks, the following regulations will be relaxed or lifted, among others:
- Mandatory Covid passes for entry into nightclubs and major events would end, although organizations could use the NHS Covid pass if they wished
- People would no longer be advised to work from home and should discuss their return to the office with employers
- From Thursday, secondary school students will no longer be required to wear face masks in classrooms and government guidance on their use in common areas would be removed “soon”.
However, this current plan has met with some backlash from both healthcare workers and teachers.
School leaders’ unions said Covid remains a challenge for schools with many staff and students absent.
Meanwhile, the Royal College of Nursing commented that the Government’s actions to ‘drop Plan B’ would ‘do nothing to ease the pressure on the NHS’.
The latest data from Jan. 20 showed there were still 107,364 daily cases of Covid and 330 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
Although cases have fallen by 32 percent over the past seven days, the death rate has risen by 1.8 percent. And with 1,905 patients still being hospitalized every day, many will be wondering whether the Prime Minister’s “robust plan to live well with Covid” will be good enough.
As people report their symptoms daily via the ZOE COVID app, the current top 5 symptoms have been deciphered. These symptoms differ depending on whether people have been vaccinated and how many doses they have received.
In general, those who tested positive for Covid, either one or two shots, experienced the following:
- Runny nose
- a headache
- sore throat
- Persistent cough.
For those who remain unvaccinated, symptoms were similar but ranked in a slightly different order, with those unvaccinated suffering more severe headaches and sore throats, in addition to fever.
Loss of smell and shortness of breath were also reported, indicating that symptoms previously recorded as significant changed along with the variants that developed.