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COVID-19 hits tennis: Seyboth Wild first pro to disclose positive test
The 20-year-old Brazilian, who just over three weeks ago captured his first ATP title, shared the news in a video message—revealing he's been in self-isolation for the past week.
Published Mar 25, 2020
Throughout the past two weeks, athletes and coaches across various sports teams, from the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Saints to Juventus and Chelsea FC, have come forward with news of positive tests for COVID-19.
Just after midnight into early Wednesday, world No. 114 Thiago Seyboth Wild became the first tennis player to publicly announce he has contracted the coronavirus. The Brazilian uploaded a video to reveal the unfortunate news, stating, “Hey guys. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve contracted the COVID-19 but I’ve self-isolated myself for the past week. And I’ve been taking care of myself and following the doctor’s instructions.”
One month ago, Wild entered his home event in Rio de Janeiro ranked outside of the Top 200. He won a marathon match over Alejandro Davidvich Fokina, before losing a tight three-setter to Borna Coric. The following week, the 20-year-old broke through to lift his first ATP title in Santiago, defeating Casper Ruud in the final on March 1. Using his platform, Wild encouraged the public to take the current state of affairs seriously.
"This is a reminder for you all to stay at home, take care of the people you love and help us all to not spread this disease. Stay home, and stay safe.”
Seyboth Wild last played on March 6 in Adelaide, where he lost a three-set match to John Millman during Brazil's defeat to host Australia in a Davis Cup qualifier.