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The outbreak of the Abu Dhabi tennis tournament grows and puts the Australian Open and the start of the year in check

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The exhibition tournament of Abu Dabi that should serve to dismiss 2021 and start preparing for 2022 has ended up becoming an outbreak of cases of Covid that worries in the world of tennis. Eight positives have already been recorded around the competition, six of them tennis players. The calendar, as already dropped Rafa NothingAfter announcing his case, he is in danger for those affected.

Three days of tennis (between December 16 and 18) and eight matches in total. That was the premise of Mubadala World Tennis Championship, a tournament that is held in Abu Dhabi and that, unlike the women’s team in which it belongs to the WTA circuit, is on display in the male box. This year she brought together six tennis players, joining two of the best women in tennis in the world for an exhibition match.

Rafa Nadal (No. 6 of the ATP rankings), Andy murray (134), Andrey Rublev (5), Denis Shapovalov (14), Taylor Fritz (23) and Daniel Evans (25), on the male side, and Emma Raducanu (No. 19 of the rankinbg WTA) and Belinda Bencic (23), for the feminine. The argument was good for an exhibition weekend, especially considering that it meant the return of Nadal to the tracks. But soon everything was twisted.

The first bad news came with the positive of Raducanu, falling at the last minute of the contest to have already been infected in the capital of the Arab Emirates. The Tunisian replaced him Ons Jabeur (10) and the tournament passed with apparent normality in the following days.

Rafa Nadal, at the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament


The situation exploded with the positive of Rafa Nadal, who communicated it on the 20th through his social networks. The news alerted the organization and, incidentally, Spanish society due to its direct contact with Juan Carlos I, who witnessed in first person the performance of the Balearic tennis player in Abu Dhabi. The emeritus tested negative, but positive cases have been happening among the tennis players who participated in the tournament.

Belinda Bencic, Ons Jabeur, Denis Shapovalov (Nadal’s rival for 3rd and 4th place) and, the last one, Andrey Rublev have been testing positive until today. Which leaves the British Andy Murray and Daniel Evans and the American Taylor Fritz as the only tennis players not infected, for the moment, during the exhibition tournament.

Problems to close 2021

Rublev, champion of the tournament, has realized his contagion after testing positive in a PCR test that was carried out before traveling to Sydney, where he had to dispute the ATP Cup and the Australian Open: “Now I have to recover and I will travel to Melbourne only when it is completely safe for everyone. I am worried about what happened, please take care of yourself and the people around you. You will be back on track as soon as possible,” he said. the tennis player, fifth in the world ranking.

The outbreak has taken everyone by surprise since the safety of the tennis players was always looked at. Nadal recounted the exhaustive tests they all underwent: “Both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi we pass controls every two days and they all came back negative. The last one, on Friday and having results on Saturday.” Then Nadal tested positive and two members of his team have also fallen: Carlos Moya Y Marc lopez.

Some concern about an outbreak affecting some of the biggest names on the circuit a few weeks after the Australian Open starts. As is known, restrictions are being extreme in Melbourne in the face of the first Grand Slam of the year to the point that no one who does not have the complete vaccination schedule will be able to enter the country. Eight positives at once warn of the current situation.

[Más información: “Rafa Nadal jugará aquí”: el anuncio del director del Open de Australia]


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