Emma Raducanu Withdraws from Abu Dhabi Event After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Tennis – Champions Tennis – The Royal Albert Hall, London, Britain – November 28, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu during a press conference REUTERS/Tony Obrien

U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this week’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, it was announced on Monday.

Raducanu is in the midst of preseason as she prepares for her first full season on the WTA Tour. She will also compete at the Australian Open in January, her first Grand Slam since claiming the U.S. Open title and the third major of her career.

“I was very much looking forward to playing in front of the fans here in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately after testing positive for COVID-19, I will have to postpone until the next opportunity,” Raducanu said.

“I’m isolating as per rules and hopefully will be able to get back soon.”

Organisers said that they are looking at “alternative top female competitors” to replace Raducanu at the event.

Men’s world No. 6 Rafa Nadal and last year’s U.S. Open winner Dominic Thiem are set to return from their injury layoffs in Abu Dhabi.

Britain’s Andy Murray, Russian Andrey Rublev, Norway’s Casper Ruud and Canadian Denis Shapovalov will also participate in the event before the 2022 competitive season kicks off in Australia.

SOURCE: Reuters