‘Another one bites the dust’ Andrey Rublev announces sad news prior to travelling to Australia

World No. 5 Andrey Rublev withdraws from the 2022 ATP Cup and also has doubts over his participation for the upcoming 2022 Australian Open.

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

World No. 5 Andrey Rublev becomes the latest player whose participation at the upcoming 2022 Australian Open has become doubtful after his recent announcement via his Twitter handle. The Russian No. 2 in the ATP rankings might also miss the 2022 ATP Cup that is set to begin from January 1.

Rublev took to his Twitter handle to announce that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and he posted the message from Barcelona from where he was then going to travel to Australia to represent Russia in the ATP Cup and then start his 2022 season in order to play at the Grand Slam which will start from 17 January in Melbourne.

“Hello everyone. I want to share some news with you. I am currently in Barcelona and unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19. I have minimal symptoms. I am in isolation and following all the protocols under the supervision of the Doctors. As you know, I was fully vaccinated and was preparing for tournaments – ATP Cup and Australian Open.

“Now I have to recover and will go to Melbourne only when it will be safe for everyone. I am very upset and concerned about what is happening. Please, take care of yourself and the people around you. I will return to the court as soon as possible,” wrote Rublev in the Twitter message he posted.

Writing that he will return to Melbourne directly, it seems he has made the decision to skip the ATP Cup as the tournament is scheduled to begin in Sydney from January 1 and will not be with compatriots in defending their title won in 2021.

Andrey Rublev had also played in Abu Dhabi

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev with the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Rublev was also one of the players who played at the 3-day exhibition event, the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship where he emerged as the winner of the competition in Abu Dhabi. After the conclusion of the tournament, many players and their coaching staff tested positive for the virus.

Rafael Nadal and his coach Carlos Moya, Belinda Bencic, Ons Jabeur, Denis Shapovalov all played at the tournament and have tested positive for the virus. From the field of players, only Andy Murray, Daniel Evans and Taylor Fritz are remaining who have not tested positive for the Virus having played at the tournament in Abu Dhabi.

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