“So Disappointed”: Coco Gauff Joins Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Others in Tokyo Olympics 2020 Withdrawals List

Published 07/18/2021, 3:22 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Cori Gauff of the U.S. looks dejected after losing her fourth round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Paul Childs


In one of several unfortunate instances surrounding the tennis event at Tokyo Olympics, young American tennis star Coco Gauff announced her withdrawal from the event moments ago after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Ahead of Tokyo Olympics, there have been scores of withdrawals from players owing to several fitness issues. Likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, and others have already pulled out of the tournament.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Cori Gauff of the U.S. in action during her fourth round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Paul Childs

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Coco Gauff is the latest to pull out of Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19

But, few other players have pulled out of the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19 days before their journey to Tokyo. Players like Johanna Konta and Dan Evans had to pull out of the Summer Olympics after testing positive for the virus.

Now, young American sensation Coco Gauff also announced the unfortunate news, via social media.

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”, tweeted the American.

Gauff is one of the very few withdrawals on the women’s side. It’s unfortunate to see a young player having to pull out of an event due to COVID-19.

But, a talent like Gauff will surely get more chances to represent America at the Olympics. Having attained stardom by defeating Venus Williams at Wimbledon 2019, the American teenager has showed steady improvement in her performance over the years.

Gauff has been a consistent performer on the WTA tour this year

Even this year, the American has been a consistent performer irrespective of the surface. She made her first slam quarter-finals at the French Open this year, where she lost to the eventual champion, Barbora Krejcikova.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Cori Gauff of the U.S. in action during her fourth round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Paul Childs

As she entered Wimbledon, expectations were riding high on the youngster to go reach the second week of the tournament. In-fact, Gauff did reach the second week at SW19 but lost to Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

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The Olympics withdrawal was a minor setback for Coco Gauff as she wanted to play as many tournaments as she can to gain experience. The youngster will be looking forward to the US hard-court season post-recovery from COVID.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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