Spanish tennis star Feliciano Lopez says his mother had tested positive for the coronavirus but is feeling much better now. The Spaniard was a guest on this week's ATP & WTA joint show Tennis United and spoke about how he had been personally affected by the current global health crisis.
The 38 year old said, "My mother is a nurse and has contracted the virus, but fortunately she is now better, feeling better and recovering," Lopez is ranked No. 56 in the world and is also the Tournament Director of the Madrid Masters Series event, which would have taken place this week if the tour had been going as per schedule.
Instead, the tournament is now holding a Virtual Pro event in which several top players on the men's and women's side are taking part. “We will organize the virtual tournament in Madrid and the players are thrilled.
There will be 16 men and 16 women, it will be a lot of fun. We will have a webcam, so fans will be able to see the players and the game at the same time." Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among those who have confirmed their participation in the virtual pro event.
A few others from the tennis community have also been personally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Former French Open doubles champion Patrick McEnroe said he had tested positive in March but is now virus-free as per his latest test.
Current Chairperson of the ITF Fed Cup and Gender Equality in Tennis Committee Katrina Adams also revealed she tested positive in March as did young Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild.