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

Carlos Alcaraz (pic) reacts after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas on day five of the 2021 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Centre. ― Reuters pic
Carlos Alcaraz (pic) reacts after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas on day five of the 2021 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Centre. ― Reuters pic

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MADRID, Nov 26 — Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz has been ruled out of the Davis Cup Finals after testing positive for Covid-19, the country’s tennis federation (RFET) said in a statement on Thursday.

Holders Spain take on Ecuador in 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.

“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 rest of the Spanish team had undergone another round of PCR tests earlier on Thursday.

Alcaraz, who has enjoyed a breakthrough year on tour, won his first ATP title — the Croatia Open — in July before rounding off the season with victory at ATP Next Generation finals earlier this month.

Spain were already without 20-times major winner Rafa Nadal due to a foot injury, as well as Roberto Bautista Agut, who withdrew from the event this week with an abdominal injury and was replaced by Albert Ramos. —  Reuters

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