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Rafael Nadal tests positive for Covid-19 following tournament in Abu Dhabi

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Rafael Nadal has tested positive for Covid-19 upon his arrival in Spain and having made his comeback from injury in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week.

“I am having some unpleasant moments but I hope that I will improve little by little,” Nadal said in a statement. “I am now homebound and have reported the result to those who have been in contact with me.”

Nadal lost 3-6, 5-7 to Andy Murray in the semi-final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The match was the 35-year-old’s first since a foot injury kept him out of action for a large portion of the 2021 season.

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Nadal was working his way towards competing at the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on 17 January, but the positive Covid test has cast doubt on him participating in a tournament he won in 2009.

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