ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates –
US Open champion Emma Raducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from an exhibition match in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
Organizers of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships announced Raducanu’s withdrawal, saying the British teenager was isolating and following protocols.
Raducanu replacement is being sought to fill in and play Belinda Bencic in Abu Dhabi.
Raducanu won the US Open in September to become the first person to win a Grand Slam singles title. Ranked only 150th at the time and winning 10 straight matches in consecutive sets, she became the youngest female tennis player to win a major at the age of 18 since Maria Sharapova was 17 at Wimbledon in 2004.
Raducanu was recently voted WTA Rookie of the Year.
“After testing positive for COVID-19, I will have to postpone until the next opportunity to play in front of the fans here, which I have been looking forward to,” Raducanu was quoted as saying in the statement. release of the event. organizing committee. “I am in quarantine according to the rules and hope to be able to return to court soon.”