On Twitter, the 20-time Grand Slam champion stated that he had taken a PCR test after returning from Spain. The positive result was confirmed by Nadal. Nadal claimed that he had tested negative while he was in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, and the last time he tested negative was Friday.

“I’m experiencing some uncomfortable moments, but I hope I can get better. “I am now at home and have informed all those who were in touch with me about the result,” he wrote in Spanish.

Rafa Nadal Foundation 10th Anniversary

Rafael Nadal attended the 10th Anniversary of Rafa Nadal Foundation, Perez Llorca auditorium, Madrid, Spain on November 17, 2021. Getty Images

Nadal stated that he had been fully vaccinated before his positive test and that he planned to play in the Australian Open in January. The positive test has complicated Nadal’s comeback.

“I have to be flexible with my schedule due to the circumstances and will be looking at my options depending upon my progress. Nadal said that he would keep you updated on any decisions regarding my future tournaments.

The 35-year old played in the Mubadala International Tennis Championship, his first tournament appearance after August. Due to a foot injury, he decided not to compete at the U.S. Open. He will miss the remainder of the 2021 season. He also pulled out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics last year.

Nadal, despite suffering from a multitude of injuries during his career, is still one of the most outstanding tennis players of all-time. He currently shares the No. 1 spot with Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic is currently the No. 1 player and Roger Federer are tied for Roger Federer’s most men’s Grand Slam tournaments at 20.