Another tennis player has tested positive for Covid-19. American Frances Tiafoe announced on his official social media pages that he had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus disease on Friday, 3rd July. Tiafoe was one of the eight American players who were playing the DraftKings All-American Team Cup in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend (3rd-5th July).
Despite Tiafoe testing positive, the event will continue as scheduled.
Frances Tiafoe confirms testing positive for the virus
Tiafoe’s message read, “Unfortunately, I tested positive late Friday for Covid-19 and have to withdraw from the All-American Team Cup special event in Atlanta this weekend.
Over the past two months, I have been training in Florida and tested negative there as recently as a week ago”. Continuing, he added, “I am scheduled to have a second test early next week, but have already begun the quarantine protocol as advised by the medical staff here in Atlanta.
While I’ve been so excited to get back out there, the health and safety of everyone continues to be a top priority”. Prior to his withdrawal from the event, Tiafoe played his first match in the team event against Sam Querrey on 3rd July.
The 22-year-old won the match 6-4, 7-6(5). His scheduled match for Saturday (4th July) against Tennys Sandgren was, however, cancelled. Christopher Eubanks replaced Tiafoe in the roster and is expected to play Sandgren on the same date.
Releasing a formal statement, the event’s director Eddie Gonzalez said, “Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus. Like all the players, Tiafoe was tested prior to or upon arrival in Atlanta and has passed daily temperature tests.
Following his match, he was showing symptoms and was retested and tested positive. Tiafoe has left the event site and will not participate in the remainder of the event. Upon learning this information, we immediately began deep cleaning and sanitizing the event site, and enacted protocols in place for contact tracing and alerting individuals who may have been exposed.
The health and safety of our event participants, staff and attendees are a top priority, and we will continue to diligently enforce all guidelines from local health officials”. The event attracted severe criticism regarding the presence of fans.
American no. 1 John Isner had countered these criticisms by terming them "coronabros" After Frances Tiafoe's testing positive, it remains to be seen how his countrymen react to Covid-19's threat to the world of tennis.