Tokyo Games: Coco Gauff has pulled out of the upcoming Olympics.© AFP
American teen tennis star Coco Gauff will overlook the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, she announced on Sunday. Gauff, coming off a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, tweeted her sadness at lacking out on “a dream come true” at age 17. Gauff, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at this year’s dressing Open, became the newest tennis standout and US athlete to overlook the Olympics. “I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and will not be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Gauff tweeted.
“It has at all times been a dream of mine to indicate the United States at the Olympics and I’m hoping there will be many more chances for me to make this come true one day.”
World number 25 Gauff will be forced into Covid-19 quarantine and isolation protocols.
“I need to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a protected games for each and every Olympian and all of the Olympic circle of relatives,” Gauff tweeted.
Gauff won her second WTA singles title in May at Parma. She captured her first in 2019 at Linz.
The Olympics tennis event in Tokyo is lacking a host of big names with major winners Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber and Bianca Andreescu all away.
On the other hand, world number one Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty both intend to play.
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