World news – UK – 2020 World Grand Prix: Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting step down after positive coronavirus tests




Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting withdrew from World Grand Prix after both players tested positive for coronavirus

After successful returns throughout the summer, the latest major PDC event yielded two positive results after all 32 participants were tested upon their arrival at Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Monday

Both players, following relevant protocols, did not come into contact with other people during their time at the Ricoh Arena, were sent home and will begin a period of isolation as per government guidelines, while their places in the draw were taken by Simon Whitlock and Jeffrey de Zwaan

World No. 17 Whitlock takes Lewis’s place in the draw and takes on Chris Dobey, while Jeffrey de Zwaan takes the spot vacated by Bunting via the Pro Tour Order of Merit and takes on Jamie Hughes

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Whitlock and De Zwaan head to Ricoh Arena and will be tested upon arrival, if both tests are negative they will take their places in an extended nine-game schedule on Wednesday, while on Tuesday only seven games will be played

This means that the match between Dobey and Whitlock will be postponed by 24 hours, to allow Whitlock to arrive and test

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I am absolutely delighted that I am not involved in this great event I have followed all safety procedures since this virus has existed and have no symptoms I am now out of my home to quarantine as UK government advice Thank you all for your support Stay Safe x https: // tco / 6EhXSA7U69

Absolutely drained of having tested positive for covid19, I have no symptoms Thanks for all your best wishes I hope I can get back to my tournaments as soon as possible

Tuesday October 6 (1800 BST) 7x First round Danny Noppert v Ryan SearleMensur Suljovic v Dirk van DuijvenbodeJose De Sousa v Devon PetersenJames Wade v Mervyn KingRob Cross v Gary AndersonMichael van Gerwen v Krzysztof RatajskiMichael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Wednesday October 7 (1800 BST) 9x First Round Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts Jonny Clayton v Ian White Dave Chisnall v Glen Durrant Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen Peter Wright v Ryan Joyce Gerwyn Price v Jermaine Wattimena Nathan Aspinall v Gabriel Clemens Simon Whitlock v Chris Hughesobey De Zwaan *

* Games submitted to Simon Whitlock and Jeffrey De Zwaan receiving negative Covid-19 test results If either player returns a positive test, his scheduled opponent will then receive a bye in the second round

Watch the seven days of the World Grand Prix on Sky Sports – coverage begins Tuesday, October 6 at 6 p.m. on Sky Sports Arena

© 2020 Sky France

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World News – UK – 2020 World Grand Prix: Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting retire after positive coronavirus tests



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