Borna Coric of Croatia plays a shot to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland during their ATP Cup tennis match in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)

MOSCOW, May 19. /TASS/. Croatia’s two-time winner of ATP tournaments (the Association of Tennis Professionals) Borna Coric believes that Russia’s star tennis player Daniil Medvedev will most likely be the winner of one of the Grand Slam tournaments next year, web portal reported on Tuesday.

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) announced their joint decision earlier in the year to suspend all tennis tournaments until July 31 due to the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus.

“If tennis returns, I definitely think he can win a Grand Slam (in the next year). The guy is playing unbelievably when he is in form,” the US-based tennis web portal quoted Coric, who is currently 33rd in the ATP Rankings, as saying,.

Medvedev, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough season last year as he won two tournaments of the ATP Masters series (in Cincinnati and Shanghai), as well as ATP tournaments in St. Petersburg and Sofia. Moreover, he was the finalist of the US Open, Masters series tournament in Montreal and ATP tournaments in Washington, Barcelona and Brisbane.

The Russian player, who is currently 5th in the ATP Rankings, hit the international media headlines last summer with his maiden Grand Slam final appearance at the US Open, losing a dramatic five-set thriller to Spain’s Rafael Nadal.

This year’s two Grand Slam tournaments, namely the 2020 Wimbledon and the 2020 French Open have been cancelled and postponed correspondingly due to COVID-19 pandemic. The US Open (scheduled to run between August 24 and September 13) as well as of the 2021 Australian Open (due in January next year) are still under a question.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 by the WHO — have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 4,924,300 people have been infected worldwide and more than 320,800 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 1,928,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

To date, a total of 299,941 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 76,130 patients having recovered from the virus. Russia’s latest data indicates 2,837 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.

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