Coco Gauff will not be participating in the Tokyo Olympics.
The 17-year-old American tennis star announced that she will not be able to represent the United States in this month’s Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.
“I am so 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,” Gauff announced in a statement on social media.
“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 the best of luck and a safe games for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.”
The news comes less than one week ahead of the Opening Ceremony and hours after it was announced that two South African soccer players tested positive for the coronavirus inside of Olympic Village.
Six British athletes are isolating in Tokyo after being deemed “close contacts” to a person who tested positive.
More than 11,000 athletes and approximately 79,000 journalists will be calling Olympic Village home for the two-week duration of the Tokyo Olympics.
Protestors have become more vocal with their all to cancel the games — which were originally scheduled for last summer but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Olympics officially kick off on Friday, July 23, and will run through Sunday, August 8.