Rafael Nadal has said that he is “not scared” of the Zika virus as he prepares to take part in this week’s Rio Open.
Brazil is at the centre of an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus which has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global public health emergency.
The spread of the virus has led to concern for athletes competing at the Rio Olympics later this year, but heading to Brazil this week, Nadal said he was not too fearful.
“I’m doing the things the people have told me,” Nadal said. “I’m going out at night. I’m not scared. I’m not worried about this. If it happens, it’s bad luck.”
He added: “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.”
Nadal’s sentiments were echoed by his compatriot and second seed David Ferrer, who said that while he would wear long clothing when going out at night, he was calm about the situation.
“I’ll try to take those precautions, but I’m not obsessed about it,” Ferrer said.