‘Rafael Nadal is absolutely fine,’ says publicist after COVID scare

Rafael Nadal is ‘absolutely fine’ despite playing with a COVID-infected Daniil Medvedev in Monte-Carlo on Monday.

Medvedev was forced to withdraw from the tournament after returning a positive test, which he took after a training session with Nadal.

With no fans permitted at the tournament, organisers arranged a practice session between Medvedev and Nadal to be streamed on their official YouTube channel.

However, despite the Russian’s positive test, Nadal’s publicist Benito Perez-Barbadillo says he is not concerned about the world number three at the moment.

“Rafael Nadal is absolutely fine. As we understand the virus does not anyways show before three-four days,” Perez-Barbadillo said, as quoted by Reuters.

“The next scheduled testing is in three days (on Thursday).”

Nadal received a first-round bye and his first opponent in Monte-Carlo will be world number 87 Federico Delbonis.

The Argentinian has never beaten Nadal, but he gets another chance thanks to a 7-6, 6-1 win over Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday.

After being forced to withdraw, Medvedev said: “It’s a big disappointment not to play in Monte-Carlo.

“My focus is now on recovery and I look forward to getting back out on Tour as soon and as safely as possible.”

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