American tennis hopeful Cori “Coco” Gauff will miss the Tokyo Olympics after
announcing on Twitter Sunday she tested positive for Covid-19.
“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 tweeted on Sunday.
“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.”
The 17-year-old lost to Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court in the fourth round
at Wimbledon earlier this month. It was the second time she had lost at that stage
after her breakthrough run at the All England Club in 2019.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) tweeted a statement in response to
Cori’s announcement. A USTA spokesperson said they’re currently trying to
determine if they can replace her on the roster.
“We were saddened to learn that Coco Gauff has tested positive for COVID-19 and
will therefore be unable to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” USTA’s
statement read. “The entire USA Tennis Olympic contingent is heartbroken for Coco.
We wish her the best as she deals with this unfortunate situation and hope to see her
back on the courts very soon.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will begin on Friday — but the concern is growing over
the danger of Covid spreading, with 55 confirmed cases now linked to the Games,
including officials and contractors.
Neither the International Olympic Committee (IOC) nor Team USA is requiring
athletes to be vaccinated to participate in the Olympic games.