Tennis-Gauff tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Tokyo Games

July 3, 2021; London, United Kingdom; Coco Gauff (USA) seen celebrating while Kaja Juvan (SLO) played on center court in the women’s third round at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports

July 18 (Reuters) – American Coco Gauff will not be participating in the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, the 17-year-old said on Sunday.

Set to become the youngest Olympic tennis player since 2000, Gauff joins a number of the world’s best players who have already left the Tokyo Games.

“I am disappointed to announce that I have tested positive for COVID and will not be able to compete in the Tokyo Olympics,” said Gauff, number 25 in the world to compete in both singles and doubles. said on twitter.

“It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA in the Olympics and I hope that there are still many opportunities for me to make that happen in the future.”

The Tokyo Games, which have been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are set to begin on Friday.

The announcement from Gauff, who last competed at Wimbledon where she lost in the last 16, comes two days after Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving for the Tokyo Olympics.

Some of the sport’s biggest names, including Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios, have already announced their decision to skip the games.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis and Pritha Sarkar

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