Denis Shapovalov tests positive for virus in Australia, experiencing 'minor symptoms'



by DZEVAD MESIC

Denis Shapovalov tests positive for virus in Australia, experiencing 'minor symptoms'

World No. 14 Denis Shapovalov annonced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he is experiencing minor symptoms. Shapovalov, 22, and Borna Coric were the first tennis stars to arrive to Australia. Shapovalov had to return negative tests before fllying to Australia and to also return a negative test upon arriving in Australia.

Unfortunately, the latter didn't happen. "Hi everyone, just wanted to update you that upon my arrival to Sydney, I tested positive for COVID. I'm following all protocols, including isolation and letting the people who I've been in contact with know.

Right know I'm experience minor symptoms and look forward to getting back on the court, when it is safe to do so. Thank you in advance for your support and wish you all a safe and hally holiday," Shapovalov announced.

Shapovalov joins Rafael Nadal

Shapovalov and Nadal both played at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships last week and both tested positive for COVID-19.

"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," Nadal announced after returning to Spain. "Both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi we passed controls every two days and all were negative, the last being on Friday and having the results on Saturday.

"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 consequence 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! Thank you all in advance for your support and understanding." Shapovalov beat Nadal in the match for the third place at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.

Denis Shapovalov