Australian Alex de Minaur (ATP 17) will miss the Tokyo Olympics. He has indeed tested positive for Covid-19, Australian Olympic officials announced.
De Minaur, Australia’s top-ranked men’s player, tested positive for the virus earlier this week in Spain, where he lives. “We are very disappointed for Alex; he said he was broken,” said Australian Olympic Committee vice-chairman Ian Chesterman. “It was a dream since he was a child to represent Australia at the Olympics,” he said.
The 22-year-old had to line up in singles and doubles at the Olympics. Organizers have yet to confirm whether Alex de Minaur’s doubles partner John Peers will still be able to participate.
Other Australians tested negative
Despite the disappointment, this package linked to the result of a test is a sign that the anti-Covid health bubble protection system for athletes in Tokyo is working, Chesterman assured. All other Australian players tested negative, and De Minaur had not been in physical contact with other tennis players since testing negative after his elimination at Wimbledon in the first round, he added.
The Australian delegation for the tennis events is therefore reduced to five men and five women, including world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and Sam Stosur, crowned at the US Open in 2011 and who will participate in his fifth Olympic Games.