Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild, who won his first ATP Tour title less than a month ago, has announced he has…
Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild, who won his first ATP Tour title less than a month ago, has announced he has contracted COVID-19.
One of the rising stars of men’s tennis has been among the first players to come down with coronavirus as the global pandemic continues.
Thiago Seyboth Wild, the 20-year-old Brazilian player, revealed in a video posted on social media that he is suffering from COVID-19.
‘Hey guys, I just want to let you know that I’ve contracted the Covid-19, but I have self-isolated myself for the past week and I’ve been taking care of myself and following the doctor’s instructions,’ Seyboth Wild said.
‘This is just a reminder for you all to stay at home to take care of the people you love and help us out, you know, to not spread this disease, stay home and stay safe.’
Stay safe pic.twitter.com/rshLHLOTqY
— Thiago Seyboth Wild (@thiagoswild) March 25, 2020
Tennis has been completely suspended for some weeks, with the cancellation of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (due to be held 11-22 March) followed by a raft of other cancellations and suspensions. It has now been confirmed that there will be no ATP, WTA or ITF tournaments played until at least 8 June. The French Open has moved itself to September in an attempt to still be played in 2020, but the recent postponement of the Olympics to 2021 (due to be played 27 July-2 August) has cast further doubt on whether tennis will return this season – although it also opens up a slot in the calendar which could potentially be filled with another event.
For some players the suspension did not come fast enough to stop them being affected by COVID-19. Kazakhstan’s Fed Cup player-captain Yaroslava Shvedova was isolated in a Nur-Sultan hospital after sharing a flight with a passage confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, while Bernard Tomic announced he was self-isolating in Miami after showing all the symptoms.
Seyboth Wild was a junior US Open champion in 2018 and was ranked world no. 449 in January 2019. He broke into the top 300 after he won the Guyaquil Challenger in October 2019, beating two top-100 players on the way.
The Brazilian failed to qualify for the 2020 Australian Open in January, but won his first ATP Tour main-draw match when he beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at the Rio Open in February before losing to Borna Coric in a third-set tie-break in the previous round.
Granted a wildcard for the Chile Open in Santiago, however, Seyboth Wild defeated three of the top eight seeds on his way to the ATP 250 title, including Chile’s own Christian Garin in the quarterfinals (via retirement) and second seed Casper Ruud of Norway in the final.
Still 19 at the time, Seyboth Wild became the youngest Brazilian player ever to win an ATP Tour title and the first player born in the year 2000 or thereafter to win a fully-fledged ATP Tour event.
Ranked world no. 182 at the time of his win, Seyboth Wild became the youngest player ever to win a Golden Swing ATP Tournament.
Seyboth Wild went on to make his Davis Cup debut for Brazil the following weekend, travelling to Adelaide in Australia where he pushed John Millman hard, serving for a straight-sets victory before ultimately losing in three after the veteran staged an impressive comeback.
Tennis’s top players have spoken out in response to the crisis. Rafael Nadal praised the health service workers and those who were keeping order in his native Spain during its lockdown, while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic appealed to people to stay in their homes.