The budding Brazilian star Thiago Seyboth Wild, who captured his first ATP title three weeks ago, is the first tennis player to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The 20-year-old has revealed that he has been self-isolated for a week and is recovering from the disease.
Seyboth Wild was ranked no. 114 worldwide, said on Twitter that he had taken care of himself. He also explained that he is following the doctor’s instructions to recover from COVID-19.
“I took care of myself”: Thiago Seyboth Wild
In the past two weeks, there have been many professional athletes and coaches in various sports to have tested positive for coronavirus. Seyboth becomes the last athlete and one of the youngest to have contracted with COVID-19.
“Hey guys. I just wanted to let you know that I contracted COVID-19 but I have self-isolated for the past week. And I have been taking care of myself and following the doctor’s instructions”, Seyboth said in a video.
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– Thiago Seyboth Wild (@thiagoswild) March 25, 2020
“This is a reminder for all of you to stay home. Take care of the people you love and help us not to spread this disease. Stay home and stay safe “ He added.
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Mixed views of the Brazilian President on COVID-19
In contrast, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he “would feel nothing” if infected with the coronavirus as he is “an athlete”. In addition, he urged against blockages and work stoppages after the two major cities in his country were closed in a preventive measure against COVID-19.
He also dismissed the coronavirus as media hysteria. However, the death toll in Brazil rose to 46 with over 2,200 cases. Consequently, Bolsonaro could change his point of view on the disease in such a way as not to influence young athletes with his compatriot Seyboth Wild as an example.
Seyboth Wild recently won his first Santiago Open title earlier this month. He defeated Casper Ruud by second seed 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final. With the tour closed due to the threat of coronavirus in the world, Wild has time to recover from the infection and join the tour when he resumes. We hope for a speedy recovery for Wild.