If we needed any reminder about how prevalent the coronavirus remains around the world, we need look no further than Russia’s Karen Khachanov, who is the latest player to announce he has tested positive for COVID-19 after flying to the United Arab Emirates for pre-season training.
I started my pre-season in Dubai, but unfortunately my wife, my son and myself tested positive for COVID-19. We are self-isolating ourselves and hopefully will be healthy soon. Karen Khachanov
In a post on Instagram, the World No 20 confirmed the positive test, adding that he and his family were now self-isolating.
“I started my pre-season in Dubai, but unfortunately my wife, my son and myself tested positive for COVID-19,” said Khachanov. “We are self-isolating ourselves and hopefully will be healthy soon.
“I wish everybody to stay healthy and take care of each other.”
The 24-year-old’s career highlight to date was making the quarter-finals of the French Open last year, where he lost to No 4 seed Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets.
Shortly after this run, the Russian moved up to a career high of 8th in the rankings but has since slipped back.
He reached the 3rd round at both the Australian Open and US Open this year.
Khachanov won his first ATP Masters 1000 title with a straight sets victory over Serbia’s World No 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of Paris Bercy in 2018.
He is one of many tennis players to test positive for the virus, including Djokovic, who contracted COVID-19 during the Adria Tour.
During the exhibition series, Serbia’s Victor Troicki, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Croatia’s Borna Ćorić also tested positive for the virus.
Romania’s World No 2 Simona Halep is among the other players to have tested positive.