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Kei Nishikori tests positive for coronavirus for a second time as US Open hopes begin to fade

Kei Nishikori has seen his chances of playing in the US Open dealt a further blow when he tested positive for coronavirus for a second time.

Nishikori revealed earlier this week that he had returned a positive result while in Florida and needed to self-isolate instead of playing the Western and Southern Open in New York.

He had hoped to have better news for fans on Friday, but he is still not clear of the virus.

“Just a little update: I took another Covid test and am still positive,” Kei Nishikori said on social media.

“I have very minimal symptoms and am staying in full isolation.

“Next test will be early next week at which time we will update you with more information. Thanks for all the messages and have a good weekend.”

Nishikori – a former finalist at Flushing Meadows – has not played since last year’s US Open due to a persistent elbow injury that required surgery.

He now has 10 days to prove himself clear of the coronavirus if he hopes to make the field at the US Open this year.

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