Nadal positive for coronavirus after exhibition in Abu Dhabi

Rafa Nadal announced today through his social networks that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing a test after your arrival in Mallorca from Abu Dhabi, where he reappeared on Friday in an exhibition. The 20 ‘big’ champion has reported his contagion “to people who have been in contact” with him. Among them, the king emeritus, Juan Carlos I, who reappeared publicly at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and with whom he shared a table and was photographed without a mask on Saturday, according to published The world.

“I am going through some unpleasant moments but I hope that I will improve little by little. Now I am confined to home”explained Nadal, 35, who went to Abu Dhabi to test the status of his left foot, in which he suffers a chronic injury (Müller-Weiss syndrome), and that forced him to be unemployed for more than four months this season, in which he only played seven tournaments. His participation resulted in two defeats, against Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov.

“As a result of the situation, I have to have total flexibility with my calendar and I will analyze my options depending on my evolution,” Nadal warned, who planned to discuss with his team the plan for 2022 depending on the condition of his foot. The idea was to travel to Australia on the 29th, compete in the Melbourne ATP 250 from the 4th and then the Australian Open from the 17th. For the moment, he will have to stay isolated at home for a week and test negative in another PCR before resuming training on the track.

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Nadal, who received the coronavirus vaccine in the summer, had spent several days in Kuwait, where there is a headquarters of his academy. And from there he traveled to Abu Dhabi with his coach Carlos Moyá, Marc López (who has joined his team), his physio Rafa Maymó, his wife María Francisca, his sister Maribel and his father Sebastiá.

The positive upsets his preparation for Australia, where he would have no problems entering after having passed the virus and having the vaccine. The organization will require all tennis players to be vaccinated, and the participation of Novak Djokovic, who has not confirmed whether he has received it, is on the air. With Roger Federer still in dry dock, the Serbian and the Spaniard should battle for their 21st Grand Slam that would put one of them at the top of tennis.

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