Tennis News: Olympic singles champion Belinda Bencic tests positive with COVID-19

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Tennis News: After her trip to Abu Dhabi, Belinda Bencic tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “serious symptoms.” It comes just one day after Rafael Nadal revealed that he, too, had tested positive for the drug.

Last week, Bencic and Nadal travelled to Abu Dhabi to compete in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event.

She was defeated by Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who had taken Emma Raducanu’s position after she tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from the tournament.

Bencic tweeted, “Unfortunately, and despite being completely vaccinated, I recently tested positive for COVID-19.”

“As I am experiencing very serious symptoms, I am currently isolating and taking all precautionary (steps) to get through this as well as I can” (fever, aches, chills).

“While the timing is inconvenient, as I was nearing the end of my preparations for the Australian Open swing, I will travel to Australia as soon as I am cleared and past the isolation time.”

Karolina Muchova, a semi-finalist at the 2021 Australian Open, has withdrawn from the competition for the following year.

The 25-year-old hasn’t played since a first-round loss at the US Open in September, despite making the final four of a major for the first time and breaking into the top 20 this year.

“I’m sorry to say that my season in 2022 will not begin in Australia. I’m trying everything I can to return to the court as soon as possible, “Muchova said herself on Twitter.

On January 17, the Australian Open will begin.

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