MADRID: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal stated on Monday he had examined optimistic for Covid-19, which places doubtful his participation within the Australian Open subsequent month the place he was anticipated to make his massive comeback after months of harm.
The Spanish former world primary stated he took the check when he returned to Spain from Abu Dhabi the place he took half in an exhibition match final week, his first since August because of a foot harm.
“I am going through some unpleasant moments but I trust that I will improve little by little. I am now confined at home and have informed the people who had been in contact with me,” he wrote on Twitter.
“As a consequence of the situation, I have to have total flexibility with my calendar and I will analyse my options depending on my evolution. I will keep you informed of any decisions about my future tournaments.”
The 35-year-old had been because of fly to Melbourne later this month to compete in an ATP occasion forward of the Australian Open which begins at Melbourne Park on Jan 17.
The 20-time main champion has struggled with a foot harm for the previous six months — forcing him to overlook each Wimbledon and the US Open.
Nadal misplaced to a different former world primary Andy Murray in an exhibition match on Friday in Abu Dhabi, his first match since August. He then misplaced to Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov of Canada on Saturday.
It was his first match look for the reason that Citi Open in Washington in early August the place he misplaced to Lloyd Harris.
Nadal had stated the championship in Abu Dhabi was an opportunity to check his foot and work in direction of the journey Down Below in wholesome circumstances. “I was able to compete in both matches and even had my chances, so if we put that in perspective it’s a very positive thing,” he stated after the match in Abu Dhabi.
“The idea is to go there and try my best there in Australia. Being 100 per cent honest, I can’t guarantee it,” he added, saying he must communicate to his workforce earlier than making a remaining determination.
Printed in Daybreak, December 21st, 2021