Friday, January 21, 2022

Another Heartbreak! Tennis Prodigy Coco Gauff Tests Positive for COVID-19, Will Miss Summer Olympics

Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff

*Tennis prodigy Coco Gauff has withdrawn from her first Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.

Gauff, 17, announced the news in a statement posted Sunday to Twitter. “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,” she wrote.

“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,” Gauff continued. “I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe games for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.”

Check out her statement below.

READ MORE: Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff Reflects on Historic Wimbledon Run

At age 15, Gauff made headlines in July 2019 when she defeated her “idol” Serena Williams on her Wimbledon debut — becoming the youngest player to win a singles match in the tournament since 1991. 

“My dad was jumping up every time I won a point,” she told reporters after her historic win. “I’m so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we’re successful.”

“It was pure joy, he was finally able to let out the emotions in one big scream,” Coco’s mother, Candi Gauff, told CNN Sport, speaking of her husband’s reaction. “It was overwhelming, it was stressful, my nerves were at their highest and I’m just glad she was successful.”

Coco later told PEOPLE of her overnight fame, “When I was younger, I was just dreaming about winning tournaments and winning slams I guess, and I didn’t think about all that would come with it,” she said.

“So like, I guess I had time to mentally prepare for the winning but not necessarily the off the court,” Gauff added. “But honestly, I’m just grateful that I’ve been given the platform and I hope that I’m able to use this platform in the right way.”

Meanwhile, spectators have been banned from attending the Summer Olympics as Tokyo is under a coronavirus state of emergency. Olympians will be required to wear face masks inside Olympic village, even if they’re vaccinated, per PEOPLE.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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