Rafael Nadal, a Spanish tennis player who was set to compete in the Australian Open next month, announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was in isolation.
When he returned to Spain after an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi last week, the Spanish former world number one revealed he took the Covid test. “I am going through some unpleasant moments but I trust that I will improve little by little. I am now confined at home and have informed the people who had been in contact with me,” He posted on Twitter,
He added, “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.
Hola a todos. Quería anunciaros que en mi regreso a casa tras disputar el torneo de Abu Dhabi, he dado positivo por COVID en la prueba PCR que se me ha realizado al llegar a España.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) December 20, 2021
The 35-year-old was supposed to fly to Melbourne later this month to compete in an ATP event before the Australian Open, which starts on January 17 at Melbourne Park. In his first play since August, Nadal fell to Andy Murray, another former world number one, in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
On Saturday, he lost to Denis Shapovalov of Canada, a Wimbledon semi-finalist. It was the first time Nadal had played since losing to Lloyd Harris in the Citi Open in Washington in early August.
Despite missing nearly half of the season, he concluded 2021 at the world’s No. 6 after winning two titles in Barcelona and Rome, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the French Open and the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
Nadal was pictured without a face mask talking to Spain’s previous monarch Juan Carlos I during the event on Friday in Abu Dhabi. It was the 83-year-first old’s public appearance since his exile in the United Arab Emirates in August 2020, on graft allegations. Nadal said that he was tested on a regular basis in Abu Dhabi and that the results were always negative. His latest test was on Friday, and the results came back on Saturday.