U.S. tennis star Coco Gauff has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Tokyo Olympics.
“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,” the 17-year-old said in a statement on her Twitter account.
Gauff was tapped to lead the 12-member group earlier this month, in what will be the first Olympics team in a quarter-century without Serena or Venus Williams. Team USA called it a “changing of the guard.”
The U.S. Tennis Association said 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,” it added, and said it knew she’ll be rooting for her teammates.
Jennifer Brady, Jessica Pegula and Alison Riske will compete for the U.S. in women’s singles.
Gauff did not state whether she has been vaccinated. It’s possible but less likely for vaccinated people to test positive for the coronavirus.