7th October 2022
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Rafael Nadal positive for Covid after returning from Abu Dhabi

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Tennis star Rafael Nadal has tested positive for Coronavirus after playing in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, he announced on Monday.

Nadal wrote on Twitter that the positive result came from a PCR test he took after arriving back in Spain.

‘Both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi we had controls [tests] every two days and all were negative, the last being on Friday and having the results on Saturday,’ he wrote.

‘I am having some unpleasant moments but I hope that I will improve little by little. I am now homebound and have reported the result to those who have been in contact with me,’ he added.

Among those who were possibly in contact with Nadal was Spain’s disgraced former king, Juan Carlos I, who has been living in the United Arab Emirates since allegations of financial scandals swirled and embarrassed the Spanish royal household last year. Also read: Swiss prosecutors close corruption probe against Spain’s former king Juan Carlos.

According to El Mundo newspaper, Nadal and Juan Carlos, who is 83, shared a meal on Saturday. The paper also published photos of both of them posing together without masks (see tweet below). UPDATE: it has since been reported in the Spanish media that the former monarch has now tested negative for Covid after being in the company of Nadal.

Nadal played his first match in more than four months on Friday, losing in straight sets to Andy Murray at the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. The 20-time Grand Slam champion’s chronic foot injury had forced him to sit out the final months of this season.

Nadal had not competed since early August when he lost to Lloyd Harris in Washington. He missed Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open.

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