Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic and Tunisian Ons Jabeur both tested positive for Covid-19 after competing in an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, both revealed on Tuesday, a day after Rafael Nadal disclosed he had tested positive as well. Carlos Moya, 45, Nadal's Spanish coach, also confirmed on Tuesday that he had tested positive after returning from Abu Dhabi. Jabeur took the place of US Open champion Emma Raducanu, who had to withdraw due to a positive test.
Despite being vaccinated, world number ten Jabeur stated she was "experiencing serious symptoms" and would be recovering in Tunisia.
"I'm hoping to recover quickly from the infection," she says "Jabeur joined to the conversation on Twitter.
"Unfortunately, despite being properly vaccinated, I recently tested positive for COVID-19," says the author "Bencic, the 23rd-ranked Swiss player, said the same thing on Twitter.
"As I am experiencing rather serious symptoms (fever, aches, chills), I am currently isolating and taking all precautionary (steps) to get through this as well as can." While the timing isn't ideal - I was just finishing up my preparations for the Australian Open - I'll be in Australia as soon as I'm cleared and out of the isolation period."
The Australian Open gets underway in Melbourne on January 17th.
In a series of tweets, Carlos Moya, the 1998 French Open champion, described his symptoms as "fever, headache, sweating, pain all over the body, chills." "I'm hoping the worst is over."