Emma Raducanu has tested positive for Covid and has been forced to withdraw from the Mubadala Classic exhibition event in Abu Dhabi later this week.
This also threatens to scupper plans for her to be presented with the BBC‘s Sports Personality of the Year award, should she win the public vote next Sunday night.
The US Open champion, who is vaccinated, had already travelled to the Middle East ahead of her scheduled first appearance there on Thursday.
Emma Raducanu has tested positive for Covid despite being fully vaccinated against the virus
Raducanu is favourite to win BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year after winning the US Open
However, she is now subject to a 10-day isolation period, which will take in next Sunday. That would sink any plans to make a satellite presentation to the athlete who is heavily odds on to win SPOTY from the shortlist of six announced on Monday.
‘I was very much looking forward to playing in front of the fans here in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately after testing positive for COVID-19, I will have to postpone until the next opportunity,’ said the 19 year-old from Kent, who reportedly has only mild symptoms.
‘I’m isolating as per rules and hopefully will be able to get back on court soon.’
Raducanu is in Abu Dhabi and now isolates for 10 days, which covers the SPOTY ceremony
Raducanu is in line to emulate record three-times SPOTY winner Andy Murray from the world of tennis.
On two occasions he was training in Miami and was given the trophy via video link.
The US Open champion is due to fly on to Australia after Christmas to prepare for the start of the season there.