Roberto Bautista Agut becomes the latest player to drop out of SW19 due to COVID-19.

"What is even the point of having this superspreader exhibition, just set up Djokovic vs Nadal and be done with it" - Tennis fans react to Roberto Bautista Agut withdrawing from Wimbledon due to COVID-19

Karan Vinod
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With the 2022 Wimbledon in full flow, one of the biggest talking points so far has been withdrawals due to COVID-19. Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini withdrew from the tournament after testing positive earlier this week, and Roberto Bautista Agut confirmed his SW19 exit on the same grounds on Thursday.

The Spaniard, who was set to play Daniel Galan in the second round, took to Twitter to inform fans of his decision.

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"I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. Today I have notified @Wimbledon of my cancellation. I have tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, the symptoms are not very serious, but I think it is the best decision. Thanks for your support. I hope to come back soon," Bautista Agut said.
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎

Subsequently, tennis fans have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure at players dropping out like flies. One fan joked that they might as well cancel the tournament and just host the final between Nadal and Djokovic.

"What is even the point of having this superspreader exhibition for 11 more days? Just set up Djokovic v. Nadal this Saturday and be done with it," a fan wrote.
What is even the point of having this superspreader exhibition for 11 more days? Just set up Djokovic v. Nadal this Saturday and be done with it.
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@BautistaAgut @Wimbledon You don鈥檛 have to test, don鈥檛 have to tell anyone, don鈥檛 have to withdraw...There is no rule in UK at all, so why do you still have this moral pressure?

Many fans lambasted the tournament organizers, especially since there is no mandate to wear masks at all times.

"the #pandemic is over" twitter.com/BautistaAgut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎
Not an another....
Best health wishes and everything
But like shouldn't at this point they do mass testing even if it's not legally required twitter.com/BautistaAgut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎
@Wimbledon what are going to do about this outbreak? Anything? Or just let everyone including your older employees get sick? twitter.com/bautistaagut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎
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This Wimbledon is the biggest shitshow major in a very long time. Makes the 2020 US Open look like the standard of normalcy.

What happens if three of the semifinalists test positive for Covid!? The lone one who didn鈥檛 becomes Wimbledon champion!? Totally plausible scenario鈥 twitter.com/bautistaagut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎
Did Cilic, Berrettini, and RBA jump - or were they pushed?

Did they feel unwell or withdraw due to moral obligation?

Did Wimbledon make them test?

I鈥檓 just curious! twitter.com/bautistaagut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎
Wimbledon: superspreader exhibition twitter.com/BautistaAgut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎
@BautistaAgut @Wimbledon "Symptoms not serious" meaning he has got it and he is probably not fully fit so the right decision.
Very sad news as RBA becomes the latest player to get poorly with Covid and has decided to withdraw from @Wimbledon

Players were told by taking the vaccines it would protect them. I am sure many won't be coerced in taking them again. Vaccinated and unvaccinated both can get it. twitter.com/bautistaagut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎
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Some fans highlighted how all the heavy hitters that have dropped out of the tournament are from Nadal's side of the draw.

"Nadal's voodoo is getting out of hand," one fan tweeted.
Nadal鈥檚 voodoo is getting out of hand twitter.com/bautistaagut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎
Another Covid w/d. This time being no doubt he came in direct contact with multiple people involved in the tournament. This could get REAL interesting by the end of the tournament. Tennis wise the bottom of the draw is getting WILD and really opening up for Nadal. #Wimbledon2022 twitter.com/bautistaagut/s鈥
Hoy he notificado a @Wimbledon mi baja. He dado positivo en Covid-19. Afortunadamente, los s铆ntomas no son muy graves, pero creo que es la mejor decisi贸n. Gracias por vuestro apoyo. Espero volver pronto.
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I had to withdrawal because Covid. Hope to be back soon. 馃徎

Wimbledon gearing up for possible COVID-19 rampage

Day Four: The Championships - Wimbledon 2022
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Chaos has ensued at Wimbledon this year as players are dropping out of the tournament like flies. Berrettini and Cilic, who have pulled out of the tournament, were seen hitting the practice courts with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic before the commencement of the tournament.

COVID-19 has rampaged the men's side of the draw and the transmission of the disease could very well mean that there will be more players withdrawing from the event.

The likes of Cilic and Bautista Agut have played some of their best tennis this year, with the former having reached the semifinals of the French Open while the latter reached the final of the Mallorca Open.

Berrettini, on the other hand, was one of the favorites coming into Wimbledon this year. The Italian, who reached the final last year, successfully defended his title at the Queen's Club Championships earlier this month.


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