Rafael Nadal tests positive for Covid-19 upon his return to Spain

Rafael Nadal has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home from the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was defeated by Britain’s Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the exhibition event on Friday. Nadal said he has had some “unpleasant moments” but hopes to improve “little by little.”

The 35-year-old has just returned to action after a long injury break. Nadal wrote on Twitter: “On my return home after playing the Abu Dhabi tournament, I tested positive for Covid in the PCR test that they performed on me when I arrived in Spain.

Both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi we passed the controls every two days and all were negative, the last being on Friday and having the results on Saturday. I am going through some unpleasant moments but I hope to improve little by little. I am now homebound and have reported the outcome to those who have been in contact with me.

As a consequence of the situation, I have to have complete flexibility with my schedule and I will analyze my options based on my evolution. I will keep you posted on any decisions regarding my future tournaments! Thank you all in advance for your support and understanding.”

Nadal returned to Abu Dhabi after a foot injury knocked him out of the final months of the 2021 season. The Spaniard had planned to play in an ATP tournament in Melbourne before competing in the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.

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