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Coronavirus: Bill Gates told Rafa Nadal Covid-19 pandemic would become "complicated"

Bill Gates warned Rafael Nadal in February that the coronavirus would become complicated.

Coronavirus: Bill Gates warned Rafael Nadal pandemic would become 'complicated', says uncle Toni

Rafael Nadal was told by billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates in February that the coronavirus would become "complicated", according to the Spanish tennis player's uncle Toni.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought sport, including tennis, to a standstill around the world, with Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer played in the Match in Africa in February and Toni said the 19-time grand slam champion was warned about coronavirus by Microsoft co-founder Gates.

"When my nephew was playing in South Africa in February, he spoke to Bill Gates and he told him that what was happening in China was going to get complicated," Toni Nadal told Onda Cero on Thursday.

The Mallorca Open, of which Toni Nadal is the tournament director, is among the events to have been postponed due to coronavirus.

Toni Nadal hopes the tournament can still be held in 2020, saying: "It is not permanently suspended.

"It will try to find new dates to see if it can be done in 2020."