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World no. 14 and Canada Tennis sensation Denis Shapovalov has been ruled out of the multi-nation ATP Cup due to testing positive for Covid 19 with 22 days to go for the beginning of the opening Grand Slam of 2022 — the Australian Open.
Shapovalov played last week at the World Tennis Championship tournament event in Abu Dhabi, where he beat Rafael Nadal in the third-place playoff game.
Shapovalov said he is experiencing minor symptoms.
“Hi everyone, just wanted to update you that upon my arrival in Sydney, I tested positive for COVID.
“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 is safe to do so” Shapovalov tweeted.
Nadal also tested positive for the coronavirus after performing at the tournament, as did Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic and Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
Meanwhile, the doubts still hang in the air over the nine-time winner Djokovic’s Australian Open engagement after the world No 1 was informed by Serbian daily Bilic to have drawn out of the ATP Cup.
Djokovic was called in Serbia’s squad but the Serbian has yet to carry out to the Australian Open following the Covid-19 jabs order approved by Tennis Australia and the Victorian Department of Health. Djokovic has refused to reveal whether he is vaccinated, quoting privacy concerns.