Thu. Dec 9th, 2021

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

It was an enormous blow for holders Spain who tackle Ecuador of their Group A opener in Madrid on Friday.

“I wished to speak that as we speak I’ve examined constructive for COVID-19 which is able to stop me from enjoying the Davis Cup that I used to be so enthusiastic about,” Alcaraz, 18, wrote on Instagram.

“In the intervening time I’m very effectively, with very delicate signs and we’ll see the way it progresses. A whole lot of encouragement to the entire workforce, I might be cheering and watching on tv.”

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

The 18-year-old Alcaraz, who has loved a breakthrough 12 months on tour, received his first ATP title – the Croatia Open – in July earlier than rounding off the season with victory at ATP Subsequent Era finals this month.

Spain have been already with out 20-times main winner Rafa Nadal on account of 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.

Alcaraz was changed by world quantity 60 Pedro Martinez Portero.

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