Nadal recovering in isolation and resumes training at home
After testing positive for Covid-19 on December 21, Nadal is doing better and has resumed physical training at his home in Mallorca, Spain
20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has resumed training, according to a recent post on social media. The Spaniard had announced on December 21 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after he returned to Spain from the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.
Nadal is one of seven players associated with the event who have tested positive – the others include Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov, Belinda Bencic, Ons Jabeur, Emma Raducanu and Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya.
In his statement on social media a few days ago, the Spaniard had said that he was suffering from strong symptoms and was experiencing some unpleasantness. Six days after that message, Nadal is appearing to be in better shape as he posted a picture of himself training at home while he is in isolation.
“Resumption of physical work, little by little,” the Spaniard said in a message that accompanied the photo of him working out.
Nadal remains uncertain for the Australian Open
While Rafael Nadal is on the entry list for the Australian Open, the Spaniard, who has not played an official match on the tour since August, remains uncertain for the first Grand Slam of the season.
Craig Tiley, the Tournament Director of the season’s first Major, was optimistic about Nadal playing in Melbourne when he spoke to the Australian media a few days ago.
“I am confident about the arrival of Rafael Nadal. Players who test positive now will stop being contagious after a while, and there will be no problem at that time. Never being positive is a good thing, but if you want to play the Australian Open, now is the time to catch the virus.”
In his statement, Nadal had said that he would need to be flexible with his schedule and that he will analyze his options as the time comes closer. Seeing him resume physical activity is a positive sign and his fans will be hoping Nadal will be back on the practice courts very soon.