COVID-19 positive Gauff out of Olympics

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American young gun Coco Gauff will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.

Gauff, 17, was set to become the youngest Olympic tennis player since 2000 but instead joins a number of the world's top players who have already pulled out of the Tokyo Games.

"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 No.25 Gauff, who was going to compete in both the singles and doubles competitions, posted 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.

"I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe games for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family."

The Tokyo Games, pushed back by a year due to the pandemic, are scheduled to begin on Friday.

The announcement by Gauff, who last competed at Wimbledon where she reached the round of 16, comes two days after Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur tested positive for coronavirus prior to his departure for the Tokyo Olympics.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Serena Williams said last month she would not be heading to Tokyo, but didn't give a specific reason.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Rafael Nadal withdrew in June as well to focus on his health.

Roger Federer, Matteo Berrettini, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, and five others are unavailable to compete because of injuries.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Bianca Andreescu and Victoria Azarenka are among other top tennis stars who have opted out citing COVID-19 concerns.

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