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Coco Gauff Tests Positive for COVID-19, Out of the Olympics

Jul 5, 2021; London, United Kingdom; Coco Gauff (USA) departing Centre Court after losing to Angelique Kerber (GER) in the ladies fourth round at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports

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The bad luck really strikes hard at all the tennis players and fans this year, as we learned yesterday that the US teenage star Coco Gauff isn’t going to participate at the Tokyo Olympics. This is the latest big news from the tennis world, and like many of them before, disappointing. 

Gauff Has COVID-19

The young American player tested positive for the COVID-19 virus yesterday and is forced to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics. The United States tennis federation shared this information, and the player herself would confirm it via social networks. 

Gauff, 17, is one of the most talented players in the world. Even though she wasn’t among the top favorites for winning the medal in Japan’s capital, many expected to see her playing an important role and going deep into the tournament. 

Her form was going up in the past few weeks, which is why some of the experts saw her as a darkhorse for the semifinals and possibly one of the medals. 

Gauff played well since the start of the season, slowly improving the form and the performances, reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinals ever this summer – at French Open. She was eliminated by Barbora Krejcikova, who later went on to win the tournament. 

After that, Gauff made it to the round of 16 at Wimbledon, where she faced the 2018 champion and the three-time Grand Slam winner, Angelique Kerber, losing that contest as well. 

However, her constant rise through the WTA rankings was something that ignited her and the US team’s hopes that she might take one step forward and earn the place at the podium. 

US Tennis Team Facing a Lot of Problems

Some of the older analysts suggest that this American Olympic team is one of the weakest in several previous tournaments. The top four national players in the men’s competition are not traveling to Japan, while in the ladies part of the team, things aren’t better as well. 

Serena Williams is out, the same as Venus. The Williams’ sisters have combined for 30 Grand Slam titles with 14 major trophies in doubles and also five gold medals at the Olympics. Serena won the 2012 tournament in London, while Venus did that in Sydney. Williams’ sisters are also three-time doubles winners in Sydney, Beijing, and London. Despite being veterans, they would be among the biggest favorites for the gold in both competitions. 

The 2020 Australian Open winner, Sofia Kenin, is out as well, and without Gauff, the biggest names in the team are Jennifer Brady and Alison Riske. 

As mentioned before, the top four male players are out as well. John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz, and Sebastian Korda decided to opt-out of the tournament, the same as the veteran Sam Querrey. 

That left No.52 in the world rankings, Tommy Paul and No.57 Frances Tiafoe to lead the way and defend the honor of American tennis. 

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