Coco Gauff Shared News of Disqualification Due to COVID-19
U.S. tennis phenom Coco Gauff just shared the disappointing news that she will be unable to compete in the Summer Olympic Games because of a positive COVID-19 test. Gauff shared the news on Monday on Twitter.
Vaccination Status Questioned
While Gauff shared that she tested positive for the virus, she did not give any indication of whether she had been vaccinated or not. This is leading many to wonder if she made the choice to skip the vaccination. Even though she is only 17 years old, Gauff is still eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccination.
Although the vaccination reduces your risk of contracting the virus significantly, there have been a handful of breakthrough cases confirmed.
Gauff’s Disqualification a Big Loss for U.S. Tennis
The loss of Gauff in the Tokyo games is a big blow for the U.S. women’s team. It has been over two decades since Venus or Serena Williams have competed on the Olympic stage. Gauff was slated to be the beginning of a new generation of U.S. women’s tennis dominance.
It would seem as if Coco was destined to be a world-class athlete. Coco’s father, Corey, played basketball at Georgia State. Her mother, Candi, was both a hurdler and a heptathlete at Florida State.
Corey gave up his job as a healthcare executive to coach Coco. Meanwhile, Candi stays home to help Coco with her schooling while she is gone for tennis.
Because she is only 17 years old, Coco still has more chances to qualify for the Olympics. It is clear that her future is bright.