Tennis legend Rafael Nadal who returned to the sport at the Abu Dhabi event has tested positive for the COVID-19. The player had made a comeback after missing several major tournaments this year following an injury but this didn’t go right with the 20 times Grand Slam champion.
After testing negative all the time in Kuwait and at the Abu Dhabi exhibition event, the player confirms his COVID-19 positive result on Twitter. “I wanted to announce that on my return home after playing the Abu Dhabi tournament, I have tested positive for COVID in the PCR test that has been performed on me when I arrived in Spain,” tweeted Nadal about the unfortunate announcement.
Hola a todos. Quería anunciaros que en mi regreso a casa tras disputar el torneo de Abu Dhabi, he dado positivo por COVID en la prueba PCR que se me ha realizado al llegar a España.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) December 20, 2021
The 35-year-old, who shares his title of 20 Grand Slams with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, has not played since he appeared at the Citi Open tournament that was scheduled in August in Washington. The player suffered a foot injury and had missed Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open as he wanted to prepare himself and gain energy following his long hard-fought journey at the French Open.
The Spaniard told that he was having some terrible moments but he hopes to be better “little by little.” He will keep updating people about his plans for the upcoming tournaments where he would be participating.