Australian Open rocked by fresh COVID-19 drama

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Olympic champion Belinda Bencic has tested affirmative for COVID-19, describing her symptoms arsenic "severe".

Bencic, 24, is the 3rd subordinate to trial affirmative aft travelling to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, successful Abu Dhabi.

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The tourney successful Abu Dhabi often serves arsenic a warm-up lawsuit for elite players grooming successful the portion earlier heading to the Australian Open.

Belinda Bencic returns the shot during her triumph implicit Coco Gauff. (Getty)

The quality comes arsenic Rafael Nadal revealed helium had tested affirmative upon his instrumentality to Spain, arsenic good arsenic US Open champion Emma Raducanu, who pulled retired of the tourney successful Abu Dhabi earlier it started with the virus.

In a Twitter post, Switzerland's Bencic said: "Unfortunately and adjacent though I americium afloat vaccinated, I precocious tested affirmative for COVID-19.

"I americium presently isolating and taking each precautionary [measures] to get done this arsenic champion arsenic imaginable arsenic I americium experiencing rather terrible symptoms (fever, aches, chills)."

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