Alexander Zverev revealed he played with fever and breathing difficulties following his loss to Italian Jannik Sinner at the French Open.
German Alex Zverev was beaten in four sets after complaining of being “completely sick”
Rafael Nadal beat Sebastian Korda, who named his cat after the 12-time winner
Hot women’s favourite Simona Halep was beaten in 68 minutes by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek
Sixth seed Zverev was seen coughing on court and admitted he “should not have played” after a 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3 defeat by teenager Sinner.
“I am completely sick after the match with Cecchinato in the night [session], Zverev said.
“Yeah, what can I say? I’m completely sick. I can’t really breathe, as you can hear by my voice. I had fever, you know … I’m not in the best physical state, I would say.
“I think that had a little bit of an effect on the match today.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT), which runs the clay-court grand slam, told Reuters that Zverev last tested for COVID-19 on September 29 and the test returned a negative result the following day.
Elsewhere, twelve-time champion Rafa Nadal raced into another quarter-final with a 6-1 6-1 6-2 victory over American qualifier Sebastian Korda.
Korda, who named his cat after the Spanish champion and asked for an autograph at the net after the result, said that despite the one-sided nature of the result, he was still pleased to have played his idol on the big stage.
“Ever since I was a kid, I mean, I was in love with him and everything about him,” Korda said.
US Open champion Dominic Thiem survived a scare as he edged out French wildcard Hugo Gaston 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3.
The Austrian said that he was “lucky” to have made it through after another stirring performance from Gaston put the sport’s newest grand slam champion under enormous pressure.
“He’s got such a big touch in his hand, his drop shots are from another planet. I must have sprinted 400 times to the net,” said Thiem, who is on course to collide with 12-time champion Nadal in the semi-finals.
“If he continues like this he’s gonna be a huge player and give this stadium a lot of joy. I’m lucky I made it through today.”
Halep falls to Polish teen as seeds tumble in women’s draw
Top seed Simona Halep and fifth seed Kiki Bertens suffered shock fourth-round defeats at the French Open on Sunday.
Halep, a heavy favourite to lift a second title at Roland Garros, was stunned 6-1 6-2 by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek, who moved into a grand slam quarter-final for the first time.
Swiatek, the only teenager who reached the fourth round, avenged a crushing defeat by Halep at the same stage last year.
The Romanian won that match 6-1, 6-0, in just 45 minutes but was never in this contest as she lost the first set in just 26 minutes and never recovered, her career-best 17-match winning streak coming to a juddering halt.
“I felt I was playing perfectly,” Swiatek said.
That result was good news for Ash Barty, who will retain the world number one spot until the end of the year at least, despite not setting foot on a court in anger since the sport resumed after the coronavirus break.
Swiatek will next face Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan who secured a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 win over Dutchwoman Bertens.
Losses for Halep and Bertens mean there are only four seeded players remaining in the women’s singles draw — Elina Svitolina, Sofia Kenin, Petra Kvitova and Ons Jabeur.
European nations have eased border controls after three months of lockdown, with German tourists heading for Mallorca and French bargain-hunters streaming into Belgium to buy cheap cigarettes.
Meanwhile China has halted imports from European salmon suppliers amid fears they might be linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a Beijing market.
This story will be regularly updated throughout Tuesday and was last updated at 4am.
Tuesday’s key moments:
Europe starts to reopen borders
European nations eased border controls on Monday as coronavirus cases declined after three months of lockdown, with German tourists heading for Mallorca and French bargain-hunters streaming into Belgium to buy cheap cigarettes.
Greek airports allowed more international flights as the country sought to salvage its summer season, while German tourists flocking to neighbouring Denmark caused an eight kilometre queue and Italians popped into France to buy lottery scratch cards.
Spain is initially allowing in 1,500 holidaymakers from Germany as the Madrid government works out how to handle mass tourism before opening up more fully in the coming weeks.
Hundreds of German sunseekers, the first tourists to visit Spain since borders were closed in March, also arrived on the island of Mallorca on Monday.
The Schengen area of 22 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland operates control-free crossings. But for three months they have been mostly closed.
Officials hope lifting internal border controls will allow a gradual reopening to other countries from July and revive a tourism industry that flatlined during the lockdown.
The sector makes up almost 10 per cent of the EU economy and even more in Mediterranean countries.
Stores reopen in England after lockdown
Long queues of shoppers snaked outside some stores in England from early on Monday morning as non-essential shops reopened their doors after 83 days of lockdown.
Department stores, clothing retailers, electrical outlets and bookshops have been closed since March 23 when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus.
While outdoor markets and car showrooms reopened on June 1, Monday is the big return to business for retailers, who are desperate to get the tills ringing again.
The reopening only applies to England, with stores in Scotland and Wales waiting for guidance from their own administrations on when they can resume trading. Non-essential stores in Northern Ireland reopened on Friday.
Getting shoppers spending again is key to Britain’s recovery after official data on Friday showed the economy shrank by a quarter throughout March and April.
The British Retail Consortium believes the lockdown has cost non-food stores 1.8 billion pounds ($3.3 billion) a week in lost revenues.
FDA revokes use of hydroxychloroquine amid fears of causing health problems
The US Food and Drug Administration is revoking its emergency authorisation for malaria drugs promoted by President Donald Trump for treating COVID-19 amid growing evidence they don’t work and could cause deadly side effects.
The agency said Monday that the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19.
Citing reports of heart complications, the FDA said the drugs pose a greater risk to patients than any potential benefits.
The decades-old drugs, also prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.
The move means that shipments of the drugs obtained by the US Government will no longer be distributed to state and local health authorities.
The drugs are still available for alternate uses, so US doctors could still prescribe them for COVID-19 — a practice known as off-label prescribing.
On Thursday, a National Institutes of Health expert panel revised its guidelines to specifically recommend against the drug’s use except in formal studies.
Mr Trump aggressively pushed the drug beginning in the first weeks of the outbreak and stunned medical professionals when he revealed he took the drug pre-emptively against infection.
China halts salmon imports over suspected outbreak link
China has halted imports from European salmon suppliers amid fears they might be linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a Beijing market, although experts say the fish itself is unlikely to carry the disease.
The reports prompted major supermarkets in Beijing to remove salmon from their shelves.
Genetic traces of the virus from the Beijing market outbreak suggested it could have come from Europe.
Keith Neal, an emeritus professor of the epidemiology of infectious diseases at Britain’s University of Nottingham, said any link to salmon was likely the result of cross contamination.
Professor Neal said finding a link to Europe was not surprising, given the global spread of the virus.
“China gave the world this virus and it was always very likely to give it back to them. Finding a strain prevalent in Europe probably reflects people returning to China after travelling to Europe,” he said.
The Food Safety Authority in Norway, the world’s largest salmon exporter, said there was no evidence fish could be infected.
The World Health Organization has since indicated the origins of the infections are not certain.
Singapore to remove most coronavirus restrictions on Friday
Singapore will allow small gatherings and the reopening of restaurants and shops from June 19, a major easing of the city-state’s coronavirus restrictions.
Social gatherings of up to five people will be permitted from Friday, when the majority of activities resume after more than two months of restrictions, dubbed “circuit breaker” measures. Social distancing requirements will remain in place.
Singapore has one of the highest infection tallies in Asia, with more than 40,000 cases, because of mass outbreaks in dormitories for its migrant workers. Singapore reopened schools and some businesses earlier this month.
The Government said on Monday incidence of cases in migrant worker dormitories had declined and there were no new large clusters emerging.
Cases outside the dormitories also remained stable despite the increase in workplace activities.
Shopping centres, gyms, parks and beaches are on the list to reopen, but religious congregations, bars, theatres and large-scale events will not yet be allowed to resume activities.
The Government also said working from home must remain the default for all businesses where feasible.