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A positive COVID-19 test forced tennis star Coco Gauff to drop out of the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games.
In a statement on social media, the 17-year-old wrote, ”It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA in the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.” Gauff did not disclose whether or not she caught the virus while vaccinated.
In a statement, the US Tennis Association wrote, “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.” A few other top tennis stars will be absent from the games, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams.
COVID-19 has complicated the summer games and led Japan to host the event with no spectators. “It is regrettable that we are delivering the Games in a very limited format, facing the spread of coronavirus infections,” Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto said following talks between government officials, Tokyo organizers, and Olympic and Paralympic representatives.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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