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Tennis star Rafael Nadal tests positive for COVID-19

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Tennis star Rafael Nadal revealed on Monday that he tested positive for coronavirus on his return to Spain after playing an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi.

He added that he was experiencing “unpleasant moments” but has informed everyone who came in close contact with him. It is unknown which variant of COVID-19 he has contracted.

The Spaniard tweeted that his positive result came after he took a PCR test on his return to Spain. Nadal added that he was tested every two days while in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi and they all were negative.

“As a consequence of the situation, I have to have total flexibility with my calendar and I will analyze my options depending on my evolution,” he added.

“I will keep you informed of any decisions about my future tournaments,” Nadal said.

The former world number one had been due to fly to Melbourne in December to compete in an Association of Tennis Professionals event ahead of the Australian Open.

The Associated Press reported that Nadal had a meal with the former Spanish King Juan Carlos I, who lives in Abu Dhabi, on Saturday. 

Photos of Nadal and Juan Carlos posing together without masks were published by Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, the AP reported.

Nadal struggled to compete in the 2021 season after a foot injury forced him to miss both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

El Pais reported that the new omicron variant is spreading across Spain and in Madrid, and already accounts for over 30 percent of diagnosed cases in the Spanish capital. Close to 80 percent of Spain’s 47 million-strong population has been fully vaccinated, and some 10 million have received a booster shot, Reuters reported.

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