Rafael Nadal ‘not scared’ of Zika virus: “If I get sick well then that’s just bad luck”

(AP) – Rafael Nadal said Monday he’s not frightened by the Zika virus as he prepares in Brazil — the center of the viral outbreak — for this week’s Rio Open tennis tournament and the city’s Olympics in less than six months.

“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,” Rafa said.

The virus is being linked to birth defects, and pregnant women have been cautioned not to travel to the country.

“I don’t know how serious the situation is, I see people living here totally normally. I see people on the streets, on the beach and in the restaurants. Things are going on like normal,” added Rafa.

Source: AP

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18 thoughts on “Rafael Nadal ‘not scared’ of Zika virus: “If I get sick well then that’s just bad luck”

  1. Maria

    Thank you Fan love for keeping us updated as the match hasn’t been shown here.Sounds like it was a great game from Rafa good news. Good luck for your next round Rafa hopefully this one will be televised

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  2. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Congratulations on your Beautiful victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) That was a fun swift match with 3 bright ACES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) You played solid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Rain & all you did it !!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : VAMOS sweetheart & enjoy celebrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) You came on the court a winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) 🙂 : ) It was an interesting back & forth 2nd set with many great shots & net brilliance…… KODUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! With your determination you closed in a beautiful sharp WIN !!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) 🙂 : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Good night & sweet dreams ! : )

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  3. Back & forth breaking & RAFA just broke for the 3rd time leading 4:3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Go………………….GO……………………GO…………………….: )

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  4. ci…..ci…..ci…..Rafa just broke back for a 3:2 lead 2nd SET and now serving ….VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) It is nearly midnight yet Rafa is playing solid w great energy & stride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) GO…………………GO……………..GO………………

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  5. Game is back on….Rafa just broke for a 2:1 lead!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

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  6. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Rafa just won beautifully the 1st SET w a strong mighty command & fantastic speed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great solid Tennis sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
    *Rain break……

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  7. Rafa is leading 3: 0 concluding serve game w a beautiful ACE ACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Playing fantastically…..sharp cookie! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )

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  8. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Have Lots & lots of fun & a great fabulous match!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )

    * Rafa is about to go on the court for his match v Busta !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

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  9. Connie

    All the very best Rafa in Rio, play as hard as you can and get some wins if not the final, it will do you the world of good going forward in 2016.

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  10. Elaine sie

    I could tell in the first two matches which you used to win 6_0 6_2 how you are struggling against lesser players time to ad new coaching to teach you how to become more aggressive and and attack the net

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