Coco Gauff, the 17-year-old American tennis star, will not travel to Tokyo to compete in the 2021 Olympics.
On Sunday, Gauff, the world’s No. 23 player, shared on his Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19.
“It has always been a dream for me to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there are many more opportunities for this to come true in the future. I want to wish TEAM USA the best of luck and a few games. insurance. for every Olympian and the entire Olympian family, “Gauff wrote in the message.
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The news of Gauff’s positive test comes just one day after the Olympics announced that an athlete in the Olympic village tested positive for the coronavirus.
The US Olympics roster now has No. 15 Jennifer Brady, No. 27 Jessica Pegula and No. 35 Alison Riske, along with doubles players Nicole Melichar and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The top-ranked American women, Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams, chose not to play.
In a similar situation, Australia lost one of its best tennis players when Alex de Miñaur was forced to retire after a positive COVID-19 test. Australia did not replace him on the singles roster, but they did bring Max Purcell to the roster to join John Peers in doubles.
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With just a few days to go, Team USA must now resolve their doubles situation. Brady, Pegula and Riske will be the individual representatives of the team. Gauff had also been paired with Melichar in doubles and Pegula is currently paired with Mattek-Sands; Brady or Riske could take the pair with Melichar for doubles competition if the United States cannot replace Gauff before games begin. Brady is the No. 66 doubles player in the world, while Riske is No. 35.