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Rafael Nadal Tests Positive For COVID-19

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal on December 20 said he has tested positive for coronavirus after returning to Spain, following a recent exhibition event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Nadal said he was experiencing “unpleasant moments” and his RT-PCR test, conducted upon arrival in Spain, has confirmed that he has contracted the COVID-19 infection.

“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,” the 35-year-old said in a statement shared on social media.

“I am having some unpleasant moments but I hope that I will improve little by little. I am now homebound and have reported the result to those who have been in contact with me,” he added.

Nadal, a 20-time grand-slam winner, made his return to the tennis court at the recently-held Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the UAE following a prolonged foot injury. He lost 6-3, 7-5 against former World No. 1 Andy Murray in his return match played on December 18.

Nadal’s COVID-19 infection raises doubts over his participation in the high-stake Australian Open 2022, scheduled to be held next month.

Nadal said he would be monitoring his condition and accordingly decide on participation in future events. “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,” World No. 6 noted.

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