The Rafa Nadal Academy has ordered all travelling players and coaches back to the Academy amid the COVID threat, as per Rappler.com. As a result of the same, the tennis siblings from the Philippines Alex and Miko Eala have been pulled out of their respective tournaments, as per their father Mike Eala.
Mike Eala told Rappler through a text message, "The Rafa Nadal Academy has ordered all travelling players and coaches back to the Academy amid the COVID threat. Class are not suspended as they are in a contained environment within the academy."
Both the siblings have been students at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain with Miko all set to graduate in 2020. 14 year old Alex Eala, who won the Australian Open junior girls doubles event this year, was due to compete in the opening round of the W15 Monastir Magic Tours on Wednesday, March 11, but pulled out of the event at the last minute while brother Miko had reached the quarterfinals of the J2 Santo Domingo Copa Merengue tournament but also pulled out.
The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells has already been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other tennis tournaments in the coming weeks are also likely to be canceled on account of the same. Europe is one of the biggest affected areas in the world, with many tournaments lined up there during the clay court season - including big clay court tournaments in Germany, Italy and Monte Carlo before the French Open.
Tennis officials are closely monitoring the situation and will be providing more updated guidelines for their events in time.