Malaga tennis player Alejandro Davidovich (54th in the ATP ranking) definitively ruled out competing in both the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, and the ATP 250 in Melbourne in the previous week, in a post published across social media on Monday. This came after the 21-year-old, as well as his coach Jorge Aguirre, tested positive for Covid-19 on 7 January.
"We thought about the possibility of travelling to Australia in the next three days and quarantining for another two weeks. But to then train for only three days and then play five sets at the highest level could be dangerous and jeapordise the rest of the season because the probability of injury is very high," Davidovich wrote.
Despite the disappointment, Davidovich was upbeat. "We will try to get wild card entry for two Challengers so that I can get that sharpness ahead of the indoor tour."
One of the options available will be the Quimpeur Challenger in France in the first week of February, which is also played indoors.
"In perfect shape"
Despite the positive tests, Davidovich confirmed: "We're in perfect shape. Jorge had slight symptoms and I am practically asymptomatic."
"On the one hand I feel very sad to miss the first Grand Slam of the year, but on the other hand very happy, because we have come through without complications and I can prepare my return."