“I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and will not be able to play at the Tokyo Olympics,” Gauff said. tweeted on Sunday. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent the United States at the Olympics, and I hope there will be a lot more chance for me to achieve that in the future. “
The 17-year-old lost to Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 on center court in the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier this month. It was the second time she has lost at this point after her breakthrough at the All England Club in 2019.
Gauff is No. 25 in the WTA rankings. The Olympics begin in Tokyo on Friday and run through August 8.
“We were saddened to learn that Coco Gauff has tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore will not be able to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” the American Tennis Association said in a statement. with this unfortunate situation and I hope to see it again very soon on the courts. We know Coco will be joining us all in supporting the rest of Team USA as they travel to Japan and compete in the coming days. “
Six British athletes are isolating themselves in Tokyo after being identified as close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Two South African footballers from the Olympic Village have also tested positive.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.