Rafael Nadal reveals measure he is taking amid growing fear of outbreak at Wimbledon



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Rafael Nadal reveals measure he is taking amid growing fear of outbreak at Wimbledon

Record 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is taking precautionary measures at Wimbledon as he is leaving his house only when he needs to practice or play a match. So far, three players on the men's side have tested positive for COVID-19 at WImbledon - Matteo Berrettini, Roberto Bautista Agut and Marin Cilic.

The latest player to test positive for COVID-19 was Nadal's fellow compatriot Bautista Agut, who pulled out of his Thursday's second round match versus Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros. Meanwhile, Nadal has been through to the Wimbledon third round after beating Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-3.

"Paranoia no, reality. A good friend of mine had to pull out today. When this kind of stuff happens it's because probably there are a lot of cases around. I'm just staying here and in the house, not going out anymore," Nadal said, per Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca.

Nadal on Cori Gauff

During his press conference following a second round win, Nadal was asked to give his thoughts on this year's French Open runner-up Gauff.

Gauff is just 18 and she is already a Grand Slam finalist and ranked 12th in the world. Also, Gauff is pretty much fan favorite wherever she goes and Nadal admires the American. "I like the way that she talks to the crowd and to the press at the end of the matches.

She's fresh. She's natural. Looks very mature in her thoughts. I think she is a fighter. I like the way that she plays. She fights for every ball. Even sometimes when she's not playing that well, she keeps fighting till the end, running for every ball.

I think she is a fighter. I like the way that she plays. She fights for every ball. Even sometimes when she's not playing that well, she keeps fighting till the end, running for every ball."