17-Year Old Coco Gauff Tests Positive for COVID-19, Won’t Play in Tokyo 2021 Olympics

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The surge in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, Japan, has the world holding its collective breath, as calls for the 2021 Olympics Games to be canceled rise.

Adding on to that calamity is the news that U.S. tennis player, Coco Gauff, has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing her to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics. 

“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,” the 17-year-old phenom 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.”

Gauff, who recently lost to Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court at Wimbledon in the fourth round earlier this month, marked the second time she took an L after her breakthrough run at the All England Club in 2019. Ranked No. 25 in the WTA, the U.S. Tennis Association was upset to learn that she would not be participating in the Olympic games.

“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,” the UTA shared in a statement. “We wish her the best as she deals with this unfortunate situation and hope to see her back on the courts very soon. We know Coco will join all of us in rooting on the other Team USA members who will be traveling to Japan and competing in the coming days.”

The pandemic has greatly affected the upcoming sports spectacle as there is currently a Ugandan weightlifter who has gone missing, possibly infected by the virus; two South African soccer players have tested positive, and six British athletes are isolating after being identified as close contacts to an individual who tested positive as well. 

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Also recently, an alternate on the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team has tested positive for COVID-19 while at an Olympic training camp in Japan.

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