Emma Raducanu has tested positive for Covid and has been forced to withdraw from the Mubadala Classic exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. The US Open champion, 19, had already traveled to the United Arab Emirates to feature in the exhibition event alongside leading players from the men’s and women’s game, including Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. Raducanu, who is vaccinated, was due to face Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in Abu Dhabi on Thursday before she tested positive for covid-19. “I was very much looking forward to playing in front of the fans here in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately after testing positive for Covid-19, I will have to postpone until the next opportunity,” Raducanu said. “I’m isolating as per rules and hopefully will be able to get back on court soon.” A statement from the tournament organisers added: “Emma is now isolating and following all necessary protocols. We wish her a quick recovery and hope to see her back on the court soon.” The US Open champion is due to fly on to Australia after Christmas to prepare for the start of the season there. The post Emma Raducanu tests positive for Covid in Abu Dhabi despite being vaccinated, withdraws from Mubadala World Tennis Championship appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.