Coca Gauff has been forced to withdraw from the Olympic Games after testing positive for COVID-19.
On social media, the 17-year-old confirmed that she won’t be able to represent the United States of America in the Tokyo Games. With the withdrawals of the top players in men’s and women’s tennis, the number 25 would have been one of the most highly anticipated events in the Tokyo Games already beset by high-profile withdrawals. In addition to Coco Gauff, a number of players including the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams, and Simona Halep, previously withdrew from the Tokyo Games.
“I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Gauff posted on Twitter.
“It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.
“I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe games for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.” Gauff was slated to make history by becoming the youngest player to compete in the Olympic Games since 2000.
Gauff’s announcement comes two days after tennis player Alex de Minaur, who is from Australia, tested positive for COVID-19 before departing for the Tokyo Olympics. Gauff last competed at Wimbledon, where she lost in the last 16.