“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 tweeted on Sunday.
“It has always been my dream 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.
“We were saddened to learn that Coco Gauff has tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore will not be able to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” the American Tennis Association said in a statement.
“We wish her the best as she faces this unfortunate situation and hope to see her back on the courts very soon. We know Coco will be joining us all in cheering on the other members of Team USA who will travel to Japan and compete in the coming days. “
The Olympics begin in Tokyo on Friday and run through August 8.
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