Olympics in chaos as de Minaur tests positive


Australia’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics have been thrown into chaos, with affirmation tennis participant Alex de Minaur has examined optimistic to COVID-19.

The information has been confirmed by the AOC’s Chef de Mission, Ian Chesterman.

“Now we have been suggested that Alex de Minaur has had a optimistic take a look at, at his obligatory 96-hour, and 72-hour pre-departure checks,” Chesterman mentioned.

“As a consequence, sadly, Alex shall be unable to hitch the Australian staff right here in Tokyo.

“We’re very upset for Alex, he is mentioned that he is shattered (at) not with the ability to come.

“It has been a dream since he was a baby to symbolize Australia on the Olympic Video games, however he has despatched his perfect needs for the remainder of the staff.”

The world No.17 is Australia’s prime ranked singles participant.

“We’ll now notify the ITF (Worldwide Tennis Federation), Alex was on account of play singles and doubles with John Friends, and we’re nonetheless very hopeful that John can nonetheless be a part of this Australian Olympic staff,” Chesterman mentioned.

“We do know that no different tennis gamers have had bodily contact with Alex since he left Wimbledon on July 5, the place he examined destructive, and all different Australian gamers have examined destructive since.”

Atlanta gold medallist Todd Woodbridge says the information is heartbreaking for de Minaur.

“It is devastating for ‘Demon’,” Woodbridge advised Huge World of Sports activities.

“He completely loves taking part in for his nation. He has ‘109’ tattooed on his chest, which is his Davis Cup quantity. He performs his coronary heart out for Australia.

“This was his likelihood to probably win a medal, given the sector that is in Tokyo. To have that taken away from you, it might be so exhausting to take.”

De Minaur hoped to make amends for a disappointing first-round exit at Wimbledon, the place he misplaced to rising star Sebastian Korda in 4 units.

De Minaur’s absence additional weakens the boys’s subject, which is already lacking a bunch of gamers together with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios, though Novak Djokovic confirmed his participation this morning.

Australia’s 11-strong tennis staff has now been lowered to 9, with the absence of each Kyrgios and de Minaur.

Newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Ash Barty will lead the ladies’s cost, with Sam Stosur and Ajla Tomljanovic becoming a member of her within the singles competitors.

Barty will play doubles with Storm Sanders, whereas Stosur groups up with Ellen Perez.

On the boys’s aspect, John Millman and James Duckworth will play singles, with Millman and Luke Saville taking part in doubles collectively. De Minaur was to have performed doubles with John Friends.

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