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USA tennis player Coco Gauff ruled out of Tokyo Olympics after positive COVID test

Gauff made history as the second youngest US player to compete in the Olympics after Jennifer Capriati.

Day Eight: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
Coco Gauff of The United States, playing partner of Caty McNally of The United States plays a backhand in their Ladies’ Doubles Third Round match against Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina of Russia during Day Eight of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 06, 2021 in London, England.
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Coco Gauff made history as the second youngest US player to make the Olympics, but she won’t be competing at the Games after all. Gauff revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 and will be withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics.

Gauff is coming off a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open and fourth round finish at Wimbledon and was expected to be one of the headliners at the Olympics. The 17-year old has yet to win a major tournament, but is slowly rising as a tennis star.

With Gauff withdrawing, the Americans are now down three tennis stars at the Games. Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams also withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics. Jennifer Brady is the highest ranked USA women’s player remaining in the competition.

Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka remain the frontrunners for the gold medal. Barty is coming off a win at Wimbledon, while Osaka makes her return to the court after withdrawing from the French Open citing mental health concerns.