Rafael Nadal news: Spaniard tests positive for Covid-19 after exhibition event in Abu Dhabi

Rafael Nadal was preparing to compete in the Australian Open, which begins on January 17 in Melbourne, Australia.

Rafael Nadal in action during a French Open match. (Image credit: Twitter)

Rafael Nadal tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after arriving in Spain and returning from injury in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week. “I’m having some difficult moments, but I’m hoping to improve little by little,” Nadal said in a statement. “I am now homebound and have informed those who have contacted me of the outcome.”

“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,” the 35-year-old added. “I will keep you informed of any decisions about my future tournaments.”

On Friday, Nadal was defeated 3-6, 5-7 by Andy Murray in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship semi-finals in Abu Dhabi. The 35-year-first old’s match since a foot injury kept him out for the majority of the 2021 season.

On Saturday, he was defeated by Canadian Denis Shapovalov, a Wimbledon semi-finalist. Despite missing nearly half of the season, he finished 2021 ranked No.6 in the world after winning two titles in Barcelona and Rome, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the French Open and the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

He was preparing to compete in the Australian Open, which begins on January 17 in Melbourne, but the positive Covid test has put his participation in the tournament he won in 2009 in jeopardy.


Rafael Nadal and his Grand Slam achievements are legendary. For nearly two decades, the Spaniard, along with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, has transformed the popularity of tennis. Rafael Nadal shares some similarities with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. All three superstars have completed the career Grand Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam titles. What distinguishes Nadal is that he has also won Olympic singles and doubles gold, something that Federer and Djokovic have not done.

Also Read – Here Is Full List of Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam Achievements

Nadal has won 13 French Opens out of his 20 Grand Slam titles. This is the most by any player in the history of the sport for a single Grand Slam. Nadal has won the US Open four times, Wimbledon twice, and the Australian Open once, in addition to his 13 French Open titles. The fact that he won 11 of the 20 Grand Slams by defeating both Federer and Djokovic at their peak demonstrates his brilliance.

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