Coco Gauff, the 17-year-old U.S. tennis star, is not going to be making the journey to Tokyo to compete within the 2021 Olympics.
On Sunday, Gauff, the No. 23 participant on the earth, shared on her Twitter that she examined optimistic for COVID-19.
“It has at all times been a dream of mine to symbolize the USA on the Olympics, and I hope there will probably be many extra probabilities for me to make this come true sooner or later. I wish to want TEAM USA better of luck and a secure video games for each Olympian and your entire Olympic household,” Gauff wrote within the message.
The information of Gauff’s optimistic check comes only a day after the Olympics introduced an athlete within the Olympic village examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
The U.S. Olympics roster now has No. 15 Jennifer Brady, No. 27 Jessica Pegula and No. 35 Alison Riske, together with doubles-only gamers Nicole Melichar and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Prime-ranked U.S. girls Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams each opted to not play.
In an analogous scenario, Australia misplaced certainly one of its prime tennis gamers when Alex de Minaur was compelled to withdraw after a optimistic COVID-19 check. Australia didn’t substitute him on the singles roster however did deliver Max Purcell onto the roster to affix John Friends in doubles.
With simply days to go, Crew USA should now work out its doubles scenario. Brady, Pegula and Riske would be the staff’s singles representatives. Gauff had additionally been paired with Melichar in doubles and Pegula is at present matched with Mattek-Sands; Brady or Riske might take the pairing with Melichar for the doubles competitors if the U.S. is unable to switch Gauff earlier than the video games start. Brady is the No. 66 doubles participant on the earth, whereas Riske is at No. 35.