Rafael Nadal On Zika Virus: I’m Not Scared, I’m Not Worried, If It Happens, It’s Bad Luck!
by Tom Gainey | February 16th, 2016, 9:52 am

With the Rio Olympics still many months away, Rafael Nadal is among the very first superstar athletes to visit Rio which has been the focus of the Zika outbreak.

Nadal, though, isn’t concerned.

“I’m doing the things the people have told me. I’m going out at night. I’m not scared. I’m not worried about this. If it happens, it’s bad luck,” Nadal told the press Sunday.

Nadal won the title in 2014 and lost in the semifinals last year.

“I came to Rio because I always had good results here,” Nadal said. “My first time I ended as champion and last year I made the semifinals. I’m very happy to be here in Rio and willing to play my first match now.”

Last week he fell the 22-yaer-old Dominic Thiem in the Buenos Aires semifinals.

“Thiem is a player who has great potential. He is a player that if he can maintain the level and keep improving a Little, he is a candidate to do great things. We must congratulate him for the great week in Buenos Aires.”

Tonight, Nadal faces countryman Pablo Carreno Busta.

No. seed David Ferrer and No. 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also in action today.

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4 Comments for Rafael Nadal On Zika Virus: I’m Not Scared, I’m Not Worried, If It Happens, It’s Bad Luck!

James Says:

Why should Nadal be worried about Zica, unless he plans to get pregnant? It is milder than malaria, and really only hurts women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant in terms of hurting the baby.

Right now he should be worried about a different Zica – maybe even Zica could him on the tennis court (I am talking about Azarenka, whose nickname is Zica, I believe).

OK, that’s not happening (Nadal losing to Azarenka)! The difference between men’s and women’s game is far too large.

Just saying – Zica should be his last worry right now.

Okiegal Says:

@James, no it isn’t Zica it is Vika for Viktoria.

chrisford1 Says:

Zica, Mirka, Vika, Xisca – what’s the difference?

Wog Boy Says:


You can add Jeca, which is short for Jelena:)

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