Tennis News: After playing in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, Andrey Rublev became the fifth player to test positive for Covid-19.
Following the event, Rafael Nadal, Belinda Bencic, and Ons Jabeur all tested positive, while Denis Shapovalov tested positive after arriving in Sydney ahead of the 2022 ATP Cup.
Emma Raducanu, the US Open champion, tested positive for coronavirus in Abu Dhabi before the tournament and withdrew, as did Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya.
— Andrey Rublev (@AndreyRublev97) December 26, 2021
Rublev, who defeated Andy Murray in the World Tennis Championship final on December 18, stated he was isolated with minor symptoms on Twitter.
“I’m here in Barcelona and have sadly tested positive for Covid-19,” the Russian explained. “I’m in isolation and under the supervision of doctors, and I’m following all of the protocols.”
“As you are aware, I am fully immunised and was preparing for the ATP Cup and the Australian Open.” Now I must recover, and I will only travel to Melbourne when it is safe for everyone.”
Shapovalov admitted to having slight symptoms as well.
“Hello, everyone!” “Just wanted to let you know that I tested positive for Covid upon my arrival in Sydney,” Shapovalov tweeted.
“I’m following all protocols, including isolation and notifying those with whom I’ve had contact.”
“Right now, I’m having minimal symptoms, but I’m looking forward to going back on the court as soon as it’s safe.”
— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) December 25, 2021
From January 1 to 9, 2022, the ATP Cup will feature 16 teams and will be held in two locations at Sydney Olympic Park. Canada is in Group C, alongside Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Australian Open begins on January 17 in Melbourne.
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