Coco Gauff withdraws from Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19

Coco Gauff announced that she had to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.  The 17-year-old Gauff — the second-highest ranked women’s player on the U.S. team selected for Tokyo — is also the youngest player ranked in the WTA Tour top 100.

Gauff wrote on Twitter:  “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. 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 last competed at Wimbledon earlier this month where she lost in the fourth round to Angelique Kerber. The rest of the U.S. team at Tokyo is made up of 2021 Australian Open runner-up and world No. 15 Jennifer Brady, No. 27 Jessica Pegula and No. 35 Alison Riske for women’s singles, while Nicole Melichar and Bethanie Mattek-Sands are doubles-only selections.

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