The 17-year-old US star Coco Gauff will no longer lead the US tennis team as she has been tested positive for Covid 19 and will miss the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Coco Gauff announced her withdrawal on Sunday due to Covid on social media platforms. While announcing the withdrawal, Gauff also wished good luck to the rest of the US Olympic team. Coco Gauff was one of the promising candidates who was set to debut at the Olympic Games. With her stunning performances across the world including Grand Slams, all eyes were on this teenager.
The official statement from Coco Gauff read,
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,” wrote the 17-year-old in a statement posted to Twitter 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. I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe game for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) July 18, 2021
Reacting to Coco Gauff’s news, USA Tennis Association said,
The entire USA Tennis Olympic contingent is heartbroken for Coco. We wish her the best as she deals with this unfortunate situation and hopes to see her back on the court very soon.
The withdrawal news from the tennis world is not stopping. With just a few days to go for kick-off, the withdrawal news is pouring in. It all started a few months ago when Serena and Rafael Nadal were the first big names to withdraw their names from the Tokyo Olympics. These names were followed by Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Wawrinka.
This is the first Olympics in 25 years without Serena and Venus Williams.
The Tokyo Olympics 2021 will open on 23rd July 2021. These are the first postponed games and will go ahead as scheduled with all covid regulations.