Rafael Nadal Suffers Major Setback After Comeback, Australian Open 2022 Participation in Question

Published 12/20/2021, 6:17 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during the fifth set of his Men’s Singles final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Just as the world was beginning to return to some normalcy, the pandemic still continues to affect people’s lives. In this particular context, tennis star Rafael Nadal has issued some concerning news. 

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After his visit to Abu Dhabi, Nadal has revealed that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after his stint in the UAE. Due to this, he will be unable to play for a brief period of time.

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The 35-year-old player stated, “Hi all. I wanted to announce that on my return home after playing in the Abu Dhabi tournament, I have tested positive for COVID in the PCR test that was performed on me when I arrived in Spain. Both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, we passed controls every two days and all were negative, the last being on Friday and having the results on Saturday. I am having some unpleasant moments but I hope that I will improve little by little.”

Sad news for Rafael Nadal and fans 

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. 

The 20-time champion added, “I am now homebound and have reported the result to those who have been in contact with me. As a consequence of the situation, I have to have total flexibility with my calendar and I will analyze my options depending on my evolution. I will keep you informed of any decisions about my future tournaments! Thank you all in advance for your support and understanding.”

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Nadal had visited UAE for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

PARIS, FRANCE May 29. Rafael Nadal of Spain with coach Carlos Moya while practicing against Aslan Karatsev of Russia on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 29th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

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. 

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Nonetheless, health comes first, and we wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him compete soon again.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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