TOKYO (AP) — Australian tennis participant Alex de Minaur has examined optimistic for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics.
The Australian Olympic staff’s chef de mission Ian Chesterman advised media in Tokyo on Friday that de Minaur was “shattered” over the information.
“We’re very upset for Alex,” Chesterman stated. “It has been his dream to symbolize Australia on the Olympic Video games since he was a baby.” De Minaur, Australia’s top-ranked males’s participant at No. 17, was scheduled to play each singles and doubles. It was unclear if de Minaur’s doubles companion John Pearce would keep his spot on the staff.
“Alex undertook each the 96-hour and 72-hour PCR take a look at as required by the Japanese authorities and sadly each returned a optimistic end result,” the Australian Olympic Committee stated in an announcement from Sydney. “He was on account of fly to Tokyo on July 18 from his base in Spain.
Alex has not been involved with different members of the Australian Olympic staff since returning a damaging take a look at on July fifth.”
Chesterman stated de Minaur returned at damaging take a look at at Wimbledon.
“We do know that no different tennis gamers have had bodily contact with Alex since he left Wimbledon,” Chesterman stated. “All different Australian gamers have examined damaging.”
He stated whereas the scenario was unlucky, it was testomony to the “bubble” system working successfully.
“We have to shield this bubble and Alex has been caught up in that system, nevertheless it does present that the system is working and whereas we’ll miss Alex, he understands the the reason why he can’t be with us.”
De Minaur misplaced to American Sebastian Korda within the first spherical at Wimbledon. De Minaur has 5 profession ATP titles and a career-high rating of 15.
Nick Kyrgios had earlier withdrawn from the Australian staff, citing well being issues and the heavy restrictions on members on the Olympics.
The Australian girls’s tennis staff will likely be led by top-ranked Ash Barty, who’s coming off a title win at Wimbledon.
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