Tokyo Olympics tennis

American star forced out of ‘dream’ Tokyo Olympics

American Coco Gauff is the latest name to fall from the entry list for the Olympics tennis event after testing positive for Covid.

The 17-year-old was selected to represent America at Tokyo Olympics, following the withdrawal of Serena Williams due to injury, their hopes largely rested on Gauff.

“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 USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.” Gauff said in a statement on social media.

Gauff recently reached the last 16 at Wimbledon before losing to Angelique Kerber in straight sets, and was looking to continue her rise to stardom in Tokyo.

The American will likely be next seen at a hard court tournament in USA to prepare for US Open.

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

Ashleigh Barty heads to Tokyo ranked number one, hoping to back her Wimbledon title up with a first Olympic gold medal. Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka will be leading the charge for Japan and Belarus.

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