Tennis: Gauff tests positive for Covid-19, to miss Tokyo Games

World No. 25 Coco Gauff has tested positive for Covid-19.
World No. 25 Coco Gauff has tested positive for Covid-19.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

(REUTERS, AFP) - American tennis player Coco Gauff will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, the 17-year-old said on Sunday (July 18).

She will now undergo Covid-19 quarantine and isolation protocols.

"I'm disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for Covid-19 and won't be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo," the world No. 25 said 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."

Gauff, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at this year’s French Open, became the latest tennis star and United States athlete to miss the Olympics.

“I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe games for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family,” she added.

Gauff won her second Women's Tennis Association singles title in May at Parma. She captured her first in 2019 at Linz.

The Olympics tennis event in Tokyo is missing a host of big names, with Grand Slam winners Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber and Bianca Andreescu all absent.

However, world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty both intend to play.


World No. 1s Novak Djokovic (left) and Ashleigh Barty both intend to play. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE

Games organisers have said two athletes and a member of their support staff had become the first cases in the Olympic Village. They were later revealed as South African footballers Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi and video analyst Mario Masha, who are in isolation. South Africa’s rugby sevens coach Neil Powell also tested positive and is in isolation in the Japanese town where the squad is training.


South Africa’s rugby sevens coach Neil Powell also tested positive and is in isolation in the Japanese town. PHOTO: AFP

Fifty-five cases linked to the Games have been discovered this month, including four athletes.

The Tokyo Games, pushed back by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will begin on Friday.