Rafael Nadal: 'I'm currently displaying some mild symptoms but...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I'm currently displaying some mild symptoms but...'

Rafael Nadal had played in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in recent days, but failed to win the two matches played against Britain's Andy Murray and Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Now an announcement that further complicates the plans for the start of the 2022 season.

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

This inconvenience re-shuffles the cards and puts the Australian tour of the Iberian champion, already a winner of 20 Major titles, at risk more and more. For his body, news that he really did not want: the 35-year-old needed to intensify his training to reach maximum condition for the first official matches, now a stop that could delay his return to the circuit.

Nadal had visited UAE

Rafael Nadal's comeback has suffered yet another setback as he has tested positive for COVID-19. He was in Abu Dhabi last week for the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which concluded on Saturday.

"Hi all," wrote Nadal. "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."

Nadal further revealed that he is currently displaying some mild symptoms but is hopeful of a recovery in due course of time. He has conveyed this news to those who were in close contact with him recently. "I am having some unpleasant moments but I hope that I will improve little by little," he wrote.

"I am now homebound and have reported the result to those who have been in contact with me." Nadal is on his way back home to Mallorca as he was experiencing some uneasiness and feeling uneasy. He did mention he would have to go through his schedule once again and check if there are changes needed.

He did request people who came in contact with him to get tested. Coming to tennis, Nadal just returned back on the Tour after a considerable period. It’s sad for him to miss the action once again. The 35-year-old has just recovered from a persistent foot injury, and if he pushes his body immediately after recovering from COVID-19, it could be too much of a risk.