TOKYO (AP) — Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur has tested determined for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics.
The Australian Olympic team’s chef de mission Ian Chesterman told media in Tokyo on Friday that de Minaur changed into “shattered” over the news.
“We’re very disappointed for Alex,” Chesterman said. “It has been his dream to sing Australia at the Olympic Games since he changed into a baby.” De Minaur, Australia’s high-ranked men’s player at No. 17, changed into scheduled to play every singles and doubles. It changed into unclear if de Minaur’s doubles partner John Pearce would retain his inform on the team.
“Alex undertook every the 96-hour and 72-hour PCR test as required by the Jap authorities and sadly every returned a determined outcome,” the Australian Olympic Committee said in an announcement from Sydney. “He changed into attributable to wing to Tokyo on July 18 from his nefarious in Spain.
Alex has no longer been involved with other members of the Australian Olympic team since returning a negative test on July fifth.”
Chesterman said de Minaur returned at negative test at Wimbledon.
“We conclude know that no other tennis players have had bodily contact with Alex since he left Wimbledon,” Chesterman said. “All other Australian players have tested negative.”
He said whereas the recount changed into heart-broken, it changed into testomony to the “bubble” device working successfully.
“We now have to offer protection to this bubble and Alex has been caught up in that device, but it does indicate that the device is working and whereas we can miss Alex, he understands the causes why he can no longer be with us.”
De Minaur lost to American Sebastian Korda within the main spherical at Wimbledon. De Minaur has 5 career ATP titles and a career-high rating of 15.
Slice Kyrgios had earlier withdrawn from the Australian team, citing health considerations and the heavy restrictions on participants at the Olympics.
The Australian women’s tennis team will be led by high-ranked Ash Barty, who is coming off a title fetch at Wimbledon.
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