Coco Gauff seen celebrating while playing Kaja Juvan on center court in the women’s third round at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. (Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports)

American Coco Gauff will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, the 17-year-old said on Sunday.

Gauff was set to become the youngest Olympic tennis player since 2000, but instead joins a number of the world’s best players who have already retired from the Tokyo Games.

“I am disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and will not be able to play at the Tokyo Olympics,” said world number 25 Gauff, who would be competing in both the singles competitions and duplicate, said on Twitter.

“It has always been my dream to represent the United States at the Olympics, and I hope there will be a lot more chance for me to achieve that in the future.”

The Tokyo Games, postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are expected to start on Friday.

The announcement from Gauff, who last competed at Wimbledon where she lost the round of 16, comes two days after Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur tested positive for COVID-19 before he left for the Tokyo Olympics.

Some of the biggest names in the sport including Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios have already announced their decision to skip the Games.


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