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(Reuters) – World number two Rafa Nadal and last year’s Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem have suffered setbacks because their coaches were unable to make the trip to Australia for the first tennis Grand Slam of the year. Players and officials must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Australia before participating in the warm-up events starting January 31 at Melbourne Park, where the Major will take place February 8-21. . Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya said he would not be traveling to Australia due to strict health restrictions. “After talking to Rafa, we have decided that I will not travel to Australia with the team,” Moya, a former world number one, said on social media. “I will follow the tournament from home and I will stay with my family, parents and children due to the delicate situation in Spain with the virus. Good luck to the team.” Nadal, the No. 3 ranked US Open Thiem champion in the world, and defending Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic will be among the top quarantined players in Adelaide and then head to Melbourne for the ATP Cup and Grand Team slam. Thiem’s trainer, Nicolas Massu from Chile, was not on the flight to Australia as he tested positive for the new coronavirus. “Before taking off, we received a surprising message from Nicolas Massu that he had a positive test,” Thiem’s father Wolfgang said, according to the Austrian daily Kurier. “Nico will be tested again in a few days. We hope he will test negative at that time and will soon be able to follow suit. With restrictions on arrival in Australia, it was unlikely that Massu, a former top 10 player, would be able to join Thiem’s team at Melbourne Park. Thiem, who lost to Djokovic in the 2020 final, will train with fellow Austrian Dennis Novak during the quarantine period, when players have five hours away from their hotel rooms to prepare for the Major.