Rafael Nadal test positive for coronavirus after the Abu Dhabi comeback event

He had earlier noted that he could not promise that he would be able to attend the Australian Open, which commences on January 17

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Rafael Nadal has said on Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after coming back from injury in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion acknowledged that he was having some “unpleasant moments,” but also that he expected to feel better soon and that he would keep fans abreast on his plans regarding future events.

When Rafael Nadal was in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, the 35-year-old maintained he tested negative at all instances, and the last time he tested negative was on Friday last week.

Taking to his Twitter page to trumpet his Covid status, Rafael Nadal wrote

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 has been performed on me when I arrived in Spain.

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.

As a result of the situation I have to have total flexibility with my calendar and I will analyse my options depending on my evolution.

I will keep you informed of any decisions about my future tournaments

Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov eventually defeated the Spaniard in his comeback from injury at the exhibition event, which was his first competitive performance since the Citi Open in Washington in August.

Nadal was sidelined for four months because of a foot issue. He was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics, and the US Open after being knocked out in the semifinals at Roland Garros.

He had earlier noted that he could not promise that he would be able to attend the Australian Open, which commences on January 17.

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