Denis Shapovalov has tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Sydney for the upcoming ATP Cup.
The 22-year-old was one of the first foreign players to arrive in Australia. The Canadian is part of his country’s team for the tournament in Sydney that will be held from January 1-9. It will be followed by the Australian Open, which begins on the 17th.
Shapovalov was one of the players who played at the World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. There, he beat Rafael Nadal in the third-place playoff match.
However, Nadal tested positive for the virus after the tournament, along with other players in gold medalist Belinda Bencic and Tunisian Ons Jabeur. It is possible that the former World No. 10 may have also contracted the virus from there.
Shapovalov revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19, and revealed his situation at the moment.
“Hi everyone, just wanted to update you that upon my arrival in Sydney, I tested positive for COVID,” he said, as quoted by kentucky.com.
“I am following all protocols including isolation and letting the people who I’ve been in contact with know.
“Right now I am experiencing minor symptoms and look forward to getting back on the court when it safe to do so.”
The rules state that all the players will have to return negative tests 72 hours before flying to Australia. They also have to undergo testing once they touch down in the country, and isolate while the results come in.
The vaccination rules are also very strict in Australia, with their directives preventing some players from even participating. One of them is Novak Djokovic, with the World No. 1 among the players who have been blacklisted by the authorities.
Until he gets the vaccine, it looks like a 21st Grand Slam title will have to wait.