Nadal 'not worried' about COVID-19 infection after Medvedev practice | Inquirer Sports

Nadal ‘not worried’ about COVID-19 infection after Medvedev practice

/ 08:22 PM April 15, 2021
Rafael Nadal Monte Carlo Masters

Spain’s Rafael Nadal plays a return during his second round singles match against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis on day five of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco on April 14, 2021. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

Rafael Nadal said Wednesday he had no fears about contracting COVID-19-19 after Daniil Medvedev tested positive for the virus following a practice session with the Spaniard ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Second seed Medvedev withdrew from the tournament after Monday’s test result and went into isolation. He is being monitored by ATP medical staff as a precaution.


“I was not worried because I practiced with him, but I was never close to him,” Nadal said after his 6-1, 6-2 win over Federico Delbonis in his opening match.

“Of course, when this kind of stuff happens, it’s not good. But I felt sorry for him more than for me because, well, everything can happen.”


Nadal was not considered a close contact of the Russian, and therefore not required to quarantine, allowing him to pursue a 12th Monte Carlo title.

“As much as I know about the way that you can be infected was not the way that I was supposed to be infected practising with Daniil because I never have been in touch with him,” said Nadal.

“Never have been closer than four meters, something like that. Just at the end to say thanks for one second.”

Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Daniil Medvedev, Monte Carlo Masters, Rafael Nadal
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2021 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.