FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Rising tennis star and Delray Beach resident Cori “Coco” Gauff has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympic games after testing positive for COVID-19.
Gauff was set to compete in her first Olympic Games, and her selection to the U.S. team made her the youngest Olympic tennis player since Mario Ančić made his debut in the 2000 Olympics, according to USA Today.READ MORE: North Miami Beach Mayor Creates GoFundMe Page To Help Displaced Crestview Towers Residents
Gauff made the announcement of her departure on Twitter Sunday.
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) July 18, 2021READ MORE: South Florida Doctors Reiterate There’s No Proof COVID Vaccine Causes Female Infertility
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) tweeted a statement in response to Gauff’s announcement.
“We were saddened to learn that Coco Gauff has tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore be unable to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” USTA’s statement read. “The entire USA Tennis Olympic contingent is heartbroken for Coco. We wish her the best as she deals with this unfortunate situation and hope to see her back on the courts very soon.”
Sofia Kenin, the second-highest ranked American woman, also pulled out of the Games due to COVID-19.MORE NEWS: Have You Seen Ashley Espinoza-Sanchez? Missing Woman Last Seen At Hard Rock Stadium
Also not compteting in Tokyo is tennis legend Serena Williams, after an injury knocked her out of Wimbledon.