Tennis-Bencic, Jabeur test positive for COVID-19

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Tennis - Mubadala World Tennis Championship - International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - December 16, 2021 Switzerland's Belinda Bencic in action during her match against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur REUTERS/Christopher Pike

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Dec 21 (Reuters) - Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic and Tunisian Ons Jabeur have tested positive for COVID-19 following their trip to Abu Dhabi, both said on Tuesday, a day after Rafa Nadal announced he had also tested positive.

Bencic, Jabuer and Nadal had travelled to Abu Dhabi to play in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event last week.

Bencic lost to Jabeur, who had replaced U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu after the Briton tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from the event.

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Both Bencic and Jabeur said they were fully vaccinated and were experiencing strong symptoms.

"I am currently isolating and taking all precautionary (measures) to get through this as best as possible as I am experiencing quite severe symptoms (fever, aches, chills)," Bencic said on Twitter.

"While the timing is not ideal - as I was in the final stages of my preparations for the Australian Open swing - I will make my way to Australia as soon as I am cleared and past the isolation period."

The Australian Open begins on Jan. 17.

Jabeur said she was isolating in Tunisia.

Earlier, Nadal also said he was having some "unpleasant moments" after testing positive upon his return to Spain. read more

(The story corrects paragraph 8 name to Jabeur, not Bencic.)

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Reporting by Rohith Nair and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Pritha Sarkar

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