Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal 'not worried' about COVID-19 infection after Daniil Medvedev practice
Nadal was not considered a close contact of Medvedev, and therefore not required to quarantine, allowing him to pursue a 12th Monte Carlo title.
Monte Carlo: Rafael Nadal said on Wednesday he had no fears about contracting COVID-19 after Daniil Medvedev tested positive for the virus following a practice session with the Spaniard ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Second seed Medvedev withdrew from the tournament after Monday's test result and went into isolation. He is being monitored by ATP medical staff as a precaution.
"I was not worried because I practised with him, but I was never close to him," Nadal said after his 6-1, 6-2 win over Federico Delbonis in his opening match.
"Of course, when this kind of stuff happens, it's not good. But I felt sorry for him more than for me because, well, everything can happen."
Nadal was not considered a close contact of the Russian, and therefore not required to quarantine, allowing him to pursue a 12th Monte Carlo title.
"As much as I know about the way that you can be infected was not the way that I was supposed to be infected practising with Daniil because I never have been in touch with him," said Nadal.
"Never have been closer than four meters, something like that. Just at the end to say thanks for one second."
The Serb, who won his 18th major at the Australian Open in February, insisted his focus now is on surpassing Federer's haul of 20 Grand Slams - a record he shares with Rafael Nadal.
Nadal is hoping to clinch a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st major in the French capital next month.
"In a normal world I would never consider missing the Olympics. There is no doubt about that," said Nadal. "(But) Under these circumstances, I don't know. Let's see what's going on in the next couple of months."