The 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal tested positive for the coronavirus after landing in Spain following his recent trip to Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. Rafa competed at the 13th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship last week, losing both matches to Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov and returning to Spain for the final preparations ahead of the planned Melbourne trip.
Nadal feels fine, but he has to stay at home and endure the quarantine. Thus, he has to think about reaching Australia in time for the season's start if he decides to play at the first Major. Rafa skipped all the action since early August, playing two matches in Washington and calling it a season due to a foot injury experienced at Roland Garros.
On Friday, the Spaniard returned to action in Abu Dhabi, losing in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship semi-final to Andy Murray in straight sets before suffering a loss to Denis Shapovalov in the match tie break a day later.
Rafael Nadal tested positive for the coronavirus.
Nadal has had many ups and downs in 2021, playing only 29 official matches and missing many tournaments due to injuries. After the Australian Open, the 20-time Major winner stayed away from the court until April, claiming two ATP titles in Barcelona and Rome before losing that epic Roland Garros encounter to Novak Djokovic.
It lasted four hours and 11 minutes, and Nadal injured his left foot, struggling in the fourth set and skipping Wimbledon and the Olympic Games after that. The Spaniard played only two more matches in Washington before finishing his ATP duties for this year, hoping for a fresh start in 2022 once he feels better.
"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. 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'm having some unpleasant moments, but I hope to improve little by little. I'm now homebound and have reported the result to those who have contacted me. Consequently, 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," Rafael Nadal said.