Coco Gauff Withdraws From Olympics After Testing Positive for COVID-19

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Coco Gauff announced she'll not be playing at the Summer Games in Tokyo after testing positive for COVID-19.

The teenage tennis star issued a statement on Twitter over the weekend, telling fans she's "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," she wrote. "I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe games for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family." 

Gauff's diagnosis comes in the wake of organizers announcing on Sunday that two South African soccer players, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, also tested positive for the coronavirus within the Olympic Village in Japan. They were the first athletes in the Village to do so.  

The USTA also shared a note about Gauff not competing, confirming the news in a series of tweets: "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 entire USA Tennis Olympic contingent is heartbroken for Coco. 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 Georgia native became a worldwide sensation when she defeated Venus Williams in 2019 at Wimbledon when she was just 15. She became the youngest player to qualify in the Open Era since 1968. Additionally, she beat Williams — a five-time Wimbledon champion herself — with a 6-4, 6-4 score.

This post is part of a series covering the talented female athletes competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Stay up to date on their latest achievements and watch them go for gold here

Tags: Self Care, Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity, Pop Culture

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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