Spain’s Alcaraz out of Davis Cup Finals due to COVID

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Nov 25 (Reuters) – Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz has been dominated out of the Davis Cup Finals after testing optimistic for COVID-19, the nation’s tennis federation (RFET) stated in an announcement on Thursday.

Holders Spain tackle Ecuador of their Group A opener in Madrid on Friday.

“I wanted to communicate that today I have tested positive for COVID-19 which will prevent me from playing the Davis Cup that I was so excited about,” Alcaraz, 18, wrote on Instagram.

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“At the moment I am very well, with very mild symptoms and we will see how it progresses. A lot of encouragement to the whole team, I will be cheering and watching on television.”

The RFET added that the remainder of the Spanish workforce had undergone one other spherical of PCR checks earlier on Thursday.

Alcaraz, who has loved a breakthrough 12 months on tour, gained his first ATP title — the Croatia Open — in July earlier than rounding off the season with victory at ATP Next Generation finals earlier this month.

Spain had been already with out 20-times main winner Rafa Nadal due to a foot harm, in addition to Roberto Bautista Agut, who withdrew from the occasion this week with an belly harm and was changed by Albert Ramos.

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Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru, modifying by Pritha Sarkar

Tennis - ATP 500 - Erste Bank Open - Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria - October 30, 2021  Spain's Carlos Alcaraz Garfia in action during his semi final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo

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