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Australia’s Alex de Minaur ruled out of Tokyo Olympics due to Covid

World No 17 Alex de Minaur will miss the chance to compete in his first Olympic Games after being ruled out due to a positive Covid-19 test result.

Alex De Minaur Eastbourne 2021 Tennis – ATP 250 – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 25, 2021 Australia’s Alex de Minaur reacts during his semi final match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Alex de Minaur loves nothing more than competing for Australia’s green and gold, but the 22-year-old will not have the chance to do that at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, thanks to a positive Covid-19 test result.

De Minaur, the current world No 17 and the top-ranked Australian on the men’s side, last played at Wimbledon where he lost in the first-round to Sebastian Korda.

De Minaur is one of several players that have recently been ruled out of the Olympics due to Covid. Top-ranked Brits Johanna Konta and Dan Evans each confirmed positive tests this week, saying that they would not be able to play the Tokyo Games as a result.

“We’re really disappointed for Alex,” said Ian Chesterman, vice-president of the Australian Olympic Committee. “He said that he’s shattered, not being able to come – it’s been a dream since he was a child to represent Australia at the Olympic Games.”

Chesterman said that De Minaur had a positive test in his 96 and 72-hour pre-departure tests for the Tokyo Games.

The Tokyo Olympics have been hit by a spate of late withdrawals. De Minaur is the 11th top-25 ATP player that will miss the Olympics. On the women’s side six top-25 players will not participate. Tennis at the Tokyo Olympics begins on July 24.

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