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Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori tests positive for COVID-19

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori tests positive for COVID-19

Kei Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and said he will pull out of the tuneup tournament at Flushing Meadows that starts next week . He will not play in the Cincinnati Masters, with the US Open two weeks away.

Nishikori, 30, says he is "feeling well" but will now isolate and get tested again on Friday.

Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu have already said they will not compete at Flushing Meadows.

"This morning while still in Florida, I got tested for Covid-19 and tested positive," said the world number 31.

"I will have to pull out of the Cincinnati tournament at this time. Me and my team will get tested again on Friday at which point I will have another update."

Nishikori added that he had "very little symptoms" and would go into self-isolation.

A number of players have withdrawn from this year's U.S. Open over fears of contracting the coronavirus that has infected more than 5.3 million people in the United States and killed nearly 170,000, according to a Reuters tally.

Defending champion Rafa Nadal and women's world number one Ash Barty are among those who refused to travel, while reigning women's champion Bianca Andreescu pulled out, saying the pandemic had compromised her ability to reach her highest level of form. 

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