Spain ATP Cup captain Daniel Gimeno Traver tests positive for virus in Sydney

Spain ATP Cup team captain Daniel Gimeno Traver has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Some of the latest covid-19 positives ahead of the first week of the season:

— Federico Coria
— Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
— Daniel Gimeno (Bautista’s coach and Spain’s ATP Cup captain)

— José Morgado (@josemorgado) December 30, 2021

Spain is missing 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal but they are still aiming to make a great result in Sydney.

In the absence of Nadal, Gimeno Traver nominated Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Pedro Martinez. 

Gimeno Traver, a former world No. 48, turned to coaching on the ATP Tour. 

After the 2021 season, Bautista Agut split with his long-term coach and added Gimeno Traver to his team.

Bautista Agut excited about adding Gimeno Traver

“We’ve met up quite a lot, we’ve even played each other in the odd match,” Bautista Agut told the ATP Tour. “We’ve played doubles tournaments together. Dani is a player who has had a very long career. He’s someone who has a lot of experience after being a good player. He has a different background to Pepe, who has been fantastic and fundamental for my career.

“Dani will tell me new things, he’ll help both technically and tactically. They are both quite different. Also, I’m also going to be with Tomas this year. I’ve worked with him before, we know each other and it will be important to get his advice.”

Bautista Agut was disappointed he wasn’t able to represent Spain at this past Davis Cup Finals. 

“Injuries are like accidents, they happen when you least expect it,” Bautista Agut said. “It was a shame, but it didn’t hold me back much. Luckily it wasn’t very serious, but a tear means you have to stop everything. I couldn’t train for 15 days, although a week after the tear I started working in the gym.

“Now I’ve been doing fitness and tennis for 10 days. But I’m happy and excited and keen to play next year.”

It remains to be seen how will Bautista Agut perform under the guidance of Gimeno Traver. 

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