Aussie tennis star Alex de Minaur is out of the Tokyo Olympics, after testing positive to COVID-19. ‘Devastated’ is probably under-selling how he feels right now.
The World No. 17 was due to arrive in Tokyo in the next few days, but returned a positive result in his pre-departure tests, the Australian Olympic Commission chef de mission Ian Chesterman confirmed.
“We have been advised that Alex de Minaur has had a positive test, at his mandatory 96-hour, and 72-hour pre-departure tests,” Chesterman said in a statement.
“As a consequence, sadly, Alex will be unable to join the Australian team here in Tokyo.
“We’re very disappointed for Alex, he’s said that he’s shattered [at] not being able to come.
“It’s been a dream since he was a child to represent Australia at the Olympic Games, but he has sent his very best wishes for the rest of the team.”
According to reports, he tested negative on July 5 after leaving the Wimbledon bubble, but tested positive on Saturday.
“All other Australian players have tested negative since,” Chesterman said.
“We look forward to welcoming those athletes into our team.”
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