Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates after defeating Spain’s Pedro Martinez in their second round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MOSCOW, June 3. /TASS, Andrey Kartashov/. Russian tennis players Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev have returned to their on-court trainings, Shamil Tarpishchev, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF), told TASS on Wednesday.

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.

“We are gradually returning [to training sessions],” Tarpishchev said. “Medvedev and Rublev, who are currently staying abroad, have already resumed with their on-court trainings.”

“[Karen] Khachanov is currently in Moscow and his situation here is a bit more complicated, however, we are already restarting training sessions in the Russian capital as well,” the RTF president added.

Tarpishchev told TASS earlier in the year that during the global COVID-19 pandemic a total of 13 Russian tennis players from the national teams stayed abroad.

Medvedev, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough season last year as he won two tournaments of the 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.

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 6,468,700 people have been infected worldwide and more than 382,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 3,078,900 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

To date, a total of 432,277 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 195,957 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 5,215 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.

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