Tennis

Bianca Andreescu tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from Madrid Open

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu says she has tested positive for COVID-19. In a Twitter post on Sunday, Andreescu said she arrived in Madrid to compete in the upcoming Madrid Open and was informed she had tested positive.

Canadian tennis star says she tested negative twice before arriving in Spain

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu announced on Twitter that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrawn from the upcoming Madrid Open. (Getty Images)

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu says she has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Andreescu said she arrived in Madrid to compete in the upcoming Madrid Open and was informed she had tested positive.

In a post addressed to her fans, the Mississauga, Ont., native said that "after testing negative [for COVID-19] before my flight to Madrid, I was sadly informed that I had tested positive upon arrival ... and therefore will not be playing at the Madrid Open later this week.

"I am feeling good, I am resting, and continuing to follow the health protocols and safety guidelines," she said.

"I look forward to getting back on the court very soon."

Andreescu had been rehabbing an injured foot after sustaining the injury playing against Ash Barty in the final of the Miami Open on April 3.

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Still, the 20-year-old said the injury wasn't serious, but it did keep her from competing in the Billie Jean Cup on April 16-17.

Miami was Andreescu's third tournament this year following a 16-month layoff after suffering a knee injury at the 2019 WTA Finals.

Like numerous other sport governing bodies across the globe, the WTA has said it will encourage players to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but would not require it for competition.

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With files from The Canadian Press and Reuters

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