The list of positives is still growing!

The day after Denis Shapovalov’s announcement, also present in the United Arab Emirates from December 16 to 18, Andrey Rublev in turn joined the slightly longer list of players who have tested positive for Covid-19 every day. back from the Abu Dhabi exhibition. The Russian is currently in isolation in Barcelona.

Next year, before heading to the United Arab Emirates for this no-stakes competition (the envelope that players must have pocketed should not be negligible, however), many players should think twice. This Sunday evening, the list of participants in this tournament-exhibition in Abu Dhabi, which took place from December 16 to 18, tested positive for Covid-19 on their return, has indeed grown even further. Twenty-four hours after Denis Shapovalov announced that he too had been infected during the ordeal, Andrey Rublev also posted a message on social networks to let it be known that he had also been infected. and, like the Canadian, placed in quarantine on his arrival on Australian soil, was also in isolation, in Barcelona. “Unfortunately, I tested positive for Covid-19,” wrote the world number 5 from Catalonia, where he is stuck in quarantine for the moment.

« Minimal symptoms » for Rublev

« I have minimal symptoms, I am isolated and I follow all protocols and supervised by doctors, » said the winner of this Abu Dhabi tournament (he had beaten Andy Murray in the final), who also played a ugly turn to Ons Jabeur, Emma Raducanu, Belinda Bencic and even Rafael Nadal. Rublev also made a point of recalling that he was vaccinated and that this positive Covid-19 test had only come to slow down his preparation for the Australian Open as well as his departure for Melbourne, but without questioning his presence on the Australian tour, as soon as he can travel to Australia. “As you know, I am fully vaccinated and I was preparing for the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. Now I just need to recover and I’ll fly to Melbourne when it’s safe for everyone. Rublev indeed assures that he is « very upset and concerned by everything that is happening ». As for the list of « victims » of Abu Dhabi, it could still very quickly grow.

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