(REUTERS) – American tennis player Coco Gauff will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, the 17-year-old said on Sunday (July 18).

“I’m disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for Covid and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” world number 25 Gauff said on Twitter.

“It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.”

The Tokyo Games, pushed back by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will begin on Friday.

Last modified: July 19, 2021