Lewis and Bunting excluded from World Grand Prix after testing positive for Coronavirus
All players participating in the World Grand Prix had to undergo a Covid-19 test after their arrival on Monday. Bunting and Lewis both tested positive ahead of entry to the created bubble at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
The PDC has called up Simon Whitlock and Jeffrey de Zwaan as replacements. They are the two highest ranked players in the world rankings who had not qualified for the double-in double-out event. If they pass the corona test, they can participate in the tournament on Wednesday.
Lewis should have played against Chris Dobey on Tuesday evening. That game has been moved to Wednesday evening, while the place of Jackpot is taken by Whitlock. De Zwaan will face Jamie Hughes on Wednesday.
That also means that seven games will be played on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday. The first match will commence a little later on Tuesday evening, at 6:30 PM.
World Grand Prix 2020 schedule
Tuesday October 6
18:30 Danny Noppert v Ryan Searle
19:05 Mensur Suljovic v Dirk van Duijvenbode
19:40 Jose De Sousa v Devon Petersen
20:15 James Wade v Mervyn King
20:50 Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
21:25 Michael van Gerwen v Krzysztof Ratajski
22:00 Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Wednesday October 7
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 Dobey *
Jamie Hughes v Jeffrey De Zwaan *
* Games subject to Simon Whitlock & Jeffrey De Zwaan receiving negative results to Covid-19 tests. Should either player return a positive test, their scheduled opponent would then receive a Bye into the second round.