Rafael Nadal positive for the virus: what will happen now?

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Rafael Nadal positive for the virus: what will happen now?

Rafael Nadal had played in the Mubadala World Tenis Championship in recent days, but failed to win the two games played against the British Andy Murray and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Now an announcement that further complicates plans for the start of the 2022 season.

The Spaniard communicated through his social channels that he tested positive for Covid-19, after having performed a test on his return to Spain. The Spaniard had already declared that the sensations on the court, from a physical point of view, were not excellent and he would have evaluated with the team participation in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam and prestigious commitment of the next year.

This inconvenience shuffles the cards again and puts the Australian tour of the Iberian champion, already winner of 20 Major titles, at more and more risk. For his body, a piece of news that really was not needed: the 35-year-old needed to intensify his training to reach top condition in view of the first official matches, now a stop that could delay his return to the field.

The message from the Manacor native appeared early in the morning of Monday 20 December and naturally shocked all his fans and insiders: "Hello everyone. I wanted to announce that on my return home, after playing the Abu Dhabi tournament, I tested positive for COVID-19 in the PCR test that was performed on me when I arrived in Spain.

Both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi I passed the checks every two days, with always negative results. I'm experiencing some unpleasant moments but I hope to improve slowly. Now I am forced to remain in isolation at home, I have reported the result to those who have been in contact with me.

As a consequence of the situation, I need to have total flexibility with my calendar and I will analyze my options based 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."

"Djokovic must have a valid reason not to get vaccinated," said...

Novak Djokovic, in 2021, confirmed that he is still the man to beat in the ATP Tour.

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both out due to injury, the world number 1 reaffirmed his superiority by winning three Majors this year. The Serbian champion was only one step away from the Grand Slam that would have put an end to any debate related to the greatest ever.

The 34-year-old from Belgrade also won his 37th Masters 1000 and finished the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career. His only regrets (other than the US Open) are the Tokyo Olympics and the ATP Finals, but in both cases he found Alexander Zverev in a state of grace barring his way.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not yet announced whether he will be present at the Australian Open 2022. Local authorities have sanctioned the obligation of vaccination for all players who want to enter the country in January.

Nole, for his part, never wanted to reveal his vaccination status. Interviewed by the newspaper The Age about vaccines and the participation of tennis players in the upcoming Australian tournaments, the sports minister of the State of Victoria Martin Pakula uttered sentences that leave no room for interpretation, especially regarding the participation of Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian is officially on the list for the ATP Cup and the Asutralian Open 2022, but with the presence still in doubt. Pakula said: "If Novak Djokovic chooses not to get vaccinated and is not accepted by the panel of experts, he will not participate in the Australian Open.

The vaccine is a prerequisite to be able to play the tournament. Otherwise, he must have a valid reason to explain his lack of vaccination. If people think we are going to give Djokovic preferential treatment, they are very wrong.

Any player wishing to enter Australia will either have to be vaccinated or have a good reason not to be. Novak's participation in the tournament does not depend on me, the Prime Minister or any other political figure. The matter will be evaluated by a commission of experts."