July 18 (Reuters) – American Coco Gauff won’t compete within the Tokyo Olympics after testing optimistic for COVID-19, the 17-year-old mentioned on Sunday.
Gauff was set to turn into the youngest Olympic tennis participant since 2000 however as a substitute joins a lot of the world’s high gamers who’ve already pulled out of the Tokyo Video games.
“I am disenchanted to share the information that I’ve examined optimistic for COVID and will not have the ability to play within the Olympic Video games in Tokyo,” world quantity 25 Gauff, who was going to compete in each the singles and doubles competitions, mentioned on Twitter.
“It has at all times been a dream of mine to signify the USA on the Olympics, and I hope there can be many extra probabilities for me to make this come true sooner or later.”
The Tokyo Video games, pushed again by a 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are scheduled to start on Friday.
The announcement by Gauff, who final competed at Wimbledon the place she misplaced within the final 16, comes two days after Australian tennis participant Alex de Minaur examined optimistic for COVID-19 previous to his departure for the Tokyo Olympics.
A few of the sport’s largest names, together with Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios have already introduced their determination to skip the Video games.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru
Modifying by Toby Davis and Pritha Sarkar
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