Carlos Alcaraz Misses out Davis Cup, Tests Positive for COVID-19

Carlos Alcaraz Misses out Davis Cup, Tests Positive for COVID-19 Photo: TT
Carlos Alcaraz during the ATP Next Gen finals in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni.

Carlos Alcaraz got ruled out from the Davis Cup Finals after testing positive for Covid-19, the Spaniard confirmed through Instagram on Thursday evening.

The 18-year-old, Carlos Alcaraz, returned a positive PCR test on Thursday, which forced the Next Gen ATP Finals champion to miss out on the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals in what would have been his first appearance at the tournament.

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,” he wrote.

On Saturday that we met for the first time with the team, I had a PCR which I gave negative and every two days antigen tests and all negative.”

He further outlined: “I’m sad about the way that I miss such an important and super special tournament for me as the Davis Cup. I was very excited to be able to play and represent my country here in Madrid in front of my people, but sometimes things don’t happen as one wants.”

The teenager, who went under isolation, will be replaced by fellow countryman Pedro Martinez ahead of Spain’s opening tie against Ecuador on Friday, the second day of the competition.

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,” Alcaraz added.

On Monday, ranked No. 32 practiced for the first time in Madrid alongside teammate Roberto Bautista Agut.

The World No. 19 would later withdraw from the event due to an abdominal injury, being replaced by Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The reigning champions are placed in Group A in the World Cup of Tennis, beginning their campaign on home soil, facing Ecuador Friday at the Madrid Arena.

According to a statement issued by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the rest of the Spanish team underwent a new round of PCR tests on Thursday afternoon.

The squad captain is Sergi Bruguera, who will command Pablo Carreno Busta, Ramos-Vinolas, Feliciano Lopez, Martinez and Marcel Granollers for their title defense.

The 11-day event runs in three host cities, encompassing two weeks, from November 25th to December 5th.

In Innsbruck, Austria, the event is staged behind closed doors at Olympia-Halle, due to a coronavirus outbreak that led the country to announce a national lockdown.

Meanwhile, the venues featured in Madrid, Spain, and Turin, Italy, are going ahead with reduced capacity at the stadiums.

A maximum of 75 percent public attendance is allowed at the Madrid Arena, while capacity at Pala Alpitour in Turin will be at 60 percent.

Each city is home to two of the 2021 six groups, with Innsbruck and Turin hosting one quarterfinal, while Madrid remains the main hub featuring two quarterfinals, both seminals, and the grand finale.

The six group winners and the second-placed teams will advance to the quarterfinals stages of the tournament.

Overall, 18 nations are competing, including World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s Serbia, Russia (RTF) led by World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, as 20-year-old Jannik Sinner making his debut for Italy.

Last year, the Davis Cup Finals did not run due to the global pandemic.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and a journalist passionate about sports, particularly motorsport, tennis, and soccer

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