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“I am very upset and concerned about what is happening” Rublev latest to test positive for COVID-19

World No 5 Rublev was scheduled to begin his season at the ATP Cup, which kicks off on January 1

Russia's Andrey Rublev reacts during his semi final match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi Russia’s Andrey Rublev reacts during his semi final match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi Image Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Russia’s Andrey Rublev has become the latest tennis player to test positive for COVID-19. The world No 5 said he is experiencing minimal symptoms and hopes to return to the court as soon as possible.

In a message he posted on his social media account, Rublev said, “Hello everyone. I want to share some news with you. I am currently in Barcelona and unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19. I have minimal symptoms. I am in isolation and following all the protocols under the supervision of doctors. As you know, I am fully vaccinated and was preparing for tournaments – ATP Cup and Australian Open. Now I have to recover and I will go to Melbourne only when it will be safe for everyone. I am very upset and concerned about what is happening. Please, take care of yourself and of the people around you. I will return to the court as soon as possible.”

The 24-year-old had defeated Andy Murray in the Abu Dhabi final. Meanwhile, Murray, who was forced to miss the 2021 Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19, announced that he had taken his booster shot of the vaccine.

Rublev is the sixth player associated with the Mubadala World Tennis Championships exhibition event in Abu Dhabi to test positive for the novel coronavirus.

He joins Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur on the list of players who tested positive after playing in Abu Dhabi.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu had tested positive in Abu Dhabi before the tournament started and had to pull out of the event while Nadal’s coach, former world No 1 Carlos Moya, also tested positive.

Rublev was part of the Russian team for the ATP Cup which begins on January 1st. Russia is due to play their matches in the competition on January 2, 4 and 6.

Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, begins in Melbourne on January 17, 2022.

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