Tested positive for coronavirus following the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament, Rafael Nadal confirmed via social networks that he has recently resumed training in order to be ready for the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal does not intend to miss the Australian Open. Absent from the ATP circuit since last August due to recurrent foot pain caused by Muller-Weiss syndrome, which causes a deformation of one of the bones of the foot, the Mallorcan resumed competition on the occasion of ‘an exhibition tournament organized in Abu Dhabi. An ordeal that caused a « cluster » of the coronavirus with no less than eight people involved who then tested positive. Belinda Bencic, Ons Jabeur, Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev joined Rafael Nadal as well as his coaches Carlos Moya and Marc Lopez. As required by the Spanish health authorities, the « Taurus of Manacor » has been placed in solitary confinement and will not be able to leave it before December 30. However, this does not prevent the player with 20 Grand Slam titles from continuing his preparation for the Australian Open.
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Nadal works his physique
Indeed, through a publication on its official account Instagram relayed on Twitter by ATP via his Spanish-speaking account, the native of Manacor has resumed the preparation work for the first round of the Grand Slam. » Gradual return to physical work … », Declared Rafael Nadal, specifying his location, near Porto Cristo, the port of Manacor, in the Balearic Islands. A communication which clearly indicates that the Mallorcan did not draw a line at the start of the season in Australia. Indeed, if he will not be able to reach Sydney in time to take part in the ATP Cup, he will be able to rally Melbourne if he obtains a negative result during a screening test for the coronavirus no more than 72 hours before taking the plane to the Southern Hemisphere. While Roger Federer will not make the trip and Novak Djokovic still maintains doubts about his intentions, Rafael Nadal should be there to challenge the young generation led by Daniil Medvedev.