Karen Khachanov Announces Sad News Amid Preseason Preparation

Published 11/27/2020, 4:17 AM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 1, 2020 Russia’s Karen Khachanov reacts during his second round match against Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely REUTERS/Charles Platiau


Russia’s Karen Khachanov has not had the best of seasons this year, given his reputation of playing some top-level tennis. His match against Rafael Nadal at the US Open 2018 was a memorable one. Although he didn’t come out on top, there were some promising signs indicating a bright future.

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Adding woes to his currently already troubled form, the big-hitting Russian has contracted the coronavirus, as have his wife and child. These are troubling times the world is living in and as an individual one really needs to be cautious with regard to this matter.  

Karen posted a heartfelt message on Twitter and stated, “Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick update. I started my preseason in Dubai, but unfortunately, my wife, my son, and myself tested positive for COVID-19. We are self-isolating ourselves and hopefully will be healthy soon. I wish everybody to stay healthy and take care of each other! Sending you lots of love and strength.”

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Tennis – ATP 500 – St Petersburg Open – St Petersburg, Russia – Russia’s Karen Khachanov in action during his quarter final match against Canada’s Milos Raonic REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Karen Khachanov has enormous talent

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Khachanov is an aggressive striker of the ball, and it is a treat to watch him play. The fact that he’s won a Masters 1000 beating the likes of Zverev, Thiem, and Djokovic highlights that he’s someone who could do great things. His best performance in a Grand Slam has been at Roland Garros, where he made it to the quarters in 2019. The Russian certainly has the potential to do wonders. With the next season coming up, he needs to step up and display his capabilities.

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Reflecting on the risk of COVID-19, the virus has already affected many players on the circuit. Players like Djokovic and Goffin have already been victims to it. However, the timing at which Karen has contracted it is rather unfortunate since players are currently preparing themselves for the Australian Open

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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