Rafael Nadal ‘absolutely fine’ and given all-clear after Daniil Medvedev’s positive Covid-19 test

A smiling Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has been given the green light to compete at the Monte-Carlo Masters despite coming into contact with Daniil Medvedev, who has since returned a positive coronvirus test.

Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Nadal and Medvedev practised in the Principality on Monday while the Russian was also pictured with world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

On Tuesday Medvedev, who as per ATP regulations is allowed to stay at home for the duration of the tournament, was withdrawn from the ATP Masters 1000 event and moved into isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.

It raised question marks for those who were in contact with him, but Nadal’s publicist Benito Perez-Barbadillo revealed that the world No 3 was tested on Monday and returned a negative result.

Daniil Medvedev withdraws from Monte-Carlo Masters after testing positive for Covid-19

“Nadal is absolutely fine,” he told Reuters. “As we understand the virus does not anyways show before three-four days.

“The next scheduled testing is in three days.”

Nadal, who is looking for a 12th Monte-Carlo Masters title, will open his 2021 campaign against Federico Delbonis after the Argentine qualifier beat Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-1.

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