Antwerp: Top-seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah out of European Open



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Antwerp: Top-seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah out of European Open

Doubles world no. 2 Juan Sebastian Cabal has tested positive for Covid-19. Following the Colombian’s positive result, his partner Robert Farah and he are out of the upcoming European Open in Antwerp. Cabal and Farah were the top-ranked doubles team in the draw.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, the 34-year-old said, “Despite all the care that we have had and all the recommendations they have given us and the various tests we have had during these months on the tour, last night I have tested positive for Covid-19”.

Cabal also mentioned that Farah, his teammate and the doubles world no. 1, had tested negative for the Coronavirus. “I have taken all the pertinent care. Fortunately, Robert has tested negative,” mentioned Cabal. “So, I will continue taking care of myself, doing all that I need to do to overcome this”.

The 34-year-old concluded his message to his followers and fans by stating, “Please, continue taking care of yourself”.

European Open: Juan Sebastian Open's absence not the first

The Colombian’s positive test result comes after the duo reached the final of the Sardinia Open on Saturday.

Cabal and Farah, who were the top-seeds in the Italian event, lost to the third-seeded team of Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald. The New Zealand-Austrian pair won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 against the world no. 9 doubles team.

Cabal and Farah have not won a title yet this season. They have accumulated a win-to-loss record of 11-8 season. In the three Majors held this season, the Colombians' best result came at the French Open. They reached the semi-finals in Paris, losing to eventual finalists, Mate Pavic and Bruno Suares.

At the Australian Open, Cabal and Farah lost in the second round while at the US Open, they lost in the pre-quarterfinals. Meanwhile, with respect to the European Open, Cabal and Farah have been replaced in the draw. The fifth-seeded Belgian team of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen have taken the top-seeds’ place at the top of the draw.

Gille and Vliegen will play the El Salvadorian-British team of Marcelo Arevalo and Jonny O’Mara in the first round. Juan Sebastian Cabal is not the first player who has been forced to exit the European Open because of Covid-19.

Belgian Ruben Bemelmans, who had received a wildcard for the event, is also missing his home event after his test for the virus was positive. The tournament is hopeful that the Belgian no. 1 David Goffin who had tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ago, will be fit to play the ATP 250 tournament. Image Credit: Juan Sebastian Cabal Twitter