Concerns Of Wimbledon COVID Outbreak After A Third Seeded Player Withdraws

Saint Petersburg, Russia - 29 october 2021: Tennis. Roberto Bautista Agut plays during a match against Marin Cilic at the St.Petersburg Open 2021 tennis tournament. Roberto Bautista Agut.

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Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut announced on Thursday that he has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to COVID-19. Bautista Agut announced the news on social media.

“Today I have notified @Wimbledon of my withdrawal. I have tested positive for Covid-19,” the 34-year-old wrote on Twitter. “Fortunately, the symptoms are not very serious, but I think it is the best decision. Thanks for your support. I hope to come back soon.”

The news of Bautista Agut’s withdrawal causes some concern because he becomes the third seeded men’s player to withdraw from the tournament.

Earlier this week, Marin Cilic, a 2017 finalist and the No. 14 seed, announced his withdrawal due to COVID ahead of his match with American Mackenzie McDonald.

“Hey guys, I am sad to share that I tested positive for COVID. I have been self-isolating and was hopeful I would be ready but unfortunately, I am still feeling unwell & unable to compete at my best,” the Croatian wrote. “I am heartbroken to be missing Wimbledon & to see my grass season end this way. Looking forward to competing next year!”

Last year’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini, who was the No. 8 seed, also withdrew due to COVID.

Wimbledon was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and returned last year at reduced capacity. This year’s tournament was the first time since the pandemic that the All England Club returned to full capacity.

Let’s hope an all-out outbreak isn’t sparked, because the play on the court has been thrilling and it’d be a shame to see more of the top players drop out for something out of their control.

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