Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur will miss the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, according to the country’s Olympic officials.
De Minaur, the top-ranked Australian player, returned a positive test for the virus to Spain – where he lives – earlier this week, according to local media.
“We are very disappointed for Alex; he said he was broken, ”Australian Olympic boss Ian Chesterman told media in Tokyo, where the pandemic-delayed Games will be held.
“It’s a dream since he was a child to represent Australia at the Olympics. “
The 22-year-old was scheduled to play in singles and doubles at the Games, with organizers waiting to confirm whether De Minaur’s doubles partner John Peers would still be able to compete.
Although the team were disappointed to lose him, the test result was a sign that the Covid-free bubble protection system for athletes in Tokyo was working, Chesterman said.
All other Australian players have tested negative, and De Minaur had not been in physical contact with any other tennis player since testing negative at the start of Wimbledon, he added.
The loss of world number 17 reduces the Australia squad to five men and five women, including world number one Ash Barty and former US Open champion Sam Stosur, who will compete in his fifth Olympics.
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