Rafael Nadal is the latest tennis star to test positive for COVID-19. The world number six took to Twitter to share the unfortunate news.
“Hi all. I wanted to announce that on my return home after playing the Abu Dhabi tournament, I have tested positive for COVID in the PCR test that was performed on me when I arrived in Spain.”
“Both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi we passed controls every two days and all were negative, the last being on Friday and having the results on Saturday,” he recounted.
The 35-year-old went on to reveal he has been “having some unpleasant moments” yet continues to be hopeful in fighting the virus off “little by little” as he settles back home in Mallorca.
With the Australian Open less than a month away, the 2009 champion is now leaving his tennis schedule open.
“As a consequence of the situation, I have to have total flexibility with my calendar and I will analyze my options depending on my evolution.
“I will keep you informed of any decisions about my future tournaments! Thank you all in advance for your support and understanding,” he concluded.
WTA Tour Also Suffering
The WTA Tour is also suffering from the Abu Dhabi event as Ons Jabeur and Belinda Bencic also tested positive for COVID-19 following their time playing there.
Olympic gold medalist, Bencic, remained optimistic about the Australian Open despite her severe symptoms.
“I am currently isolating and taking precautionary measurements to get through this as best as possible as I am experiencing quite severe symptoms (fever, aches, chills).”
“While the timing is not ideal – as I was in the final stages of my preparations for the Australian Open swing – I will make my way to Australia as soon as I am cleared and past the isolation period,” she said.
Meanwhile, Jabeur, who beat Bencic in the Mubadala finals, left her schedule vaguer.
“I’m currently isolating in Tunisia and I will provide you an update when I have fully recovered.”
“Take care of yourself and your loved ones!”