American tennis player Frances Tiafoe will not play for the Washington Kastles in the 2020 World TeamTennis event after he tested positive for COVID-19 during the advance travel testing window, according to tournament chief Carlos Silva.
Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World Team Tennis event
22 year old Frances Tiafoe tested positive on Friday and was forced to withdraw from the All-American Team Cup exhibition tournament in Atlanta after playing one match.
World TeamTennis is an innovative mixed-gender professional tennis league and will start from July 12 at the Greenbrier, West Virginia, and up to 500 fans will be allowed to attend matches. Among those who are expected to compete at the tournament are multiple Grand Slam winners and former World No.1s Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters as well as Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.
The event features nine teams and will take place over three weeks. World TeamTennis is a mixed-gender professional tennis league played with a team format in the United States, which was founded in 1973. The 2020 World TeamTennis season will be the 45th season of the league in the United States.
Due to the impact of the current pandemic, all matches will be held in one location this year - at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort” in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The 2020 World TeamTennis season will include nine teams and each team will play a 14-match regular-season schedule.
The top four teams in the regular season will qualify for the World TeamTennis playoffs. The winner of the WTT Finals will be awarded the King Trophy. World TeamTennis’ schedule will include at least three matches per day at The Greenbrier’s 2,500-seat outdoor Creekside Stadium.
In accordance with state health guidelines, WTT will allow up to 500 fans (20% capacity) to attend its outdoor matches. An indoor court, with a fan capacity of 250, will be used in case of rain. As per the World TeamTennis website, other players who are committed to playing in this year's event include Mardy Fish, Sabine Lisicki, Jack Sock, Milos Raonic, Steve Johnson, Taylor Fritz, Taylor Townsend, Donald Young, Ryan Harrisoon, Christina McHale, Coco Vandeweghe, Danielle Collins, Tennys Sandgren, the Bryan Brothers, Monica Puig, Sam Querrey, Eugenie Bouchard, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Rajeev Ram and Sloane Stephens.