By Erik Gudris | Thursday, August 5, 2021
Rising American Coco Gauff hopes to bounce again this summer season after lacking the Tokyo Olympics attributable to COVID-19.
The 17-year-old Gauff is in Washington DC this week for the Citi Open Ladies’s Invitational, an exhibition collection of three round-robin matches. It is the primary look for Gauff since reaching the fourth spherical of Wimbledon. Gauff was set to compete in Olympic tennis for the USA. However earlier than she might get vaccinated, she examined constructive for COVID and needed to withdraw.
“I imply, I used to be clearly upset,” Gauff stated. “I imply, you all know I’ve talked in regards to the Olympics just about since Australian Open after I realized I had an opportunity to make the workforce, however, I imply, I feel I am very hopeful I’ll have many different alternatives to qualify for the workforce and hopefully truly get to the Olympics earlier than any unexpected circumstances occur.
“However I am simply glad that I did not have actually many signs. I used to be just about asymptomatic, I nonetheless have a lack of odor, however aside from that, a-ok.”
Gauff added that she couldn’t get the vaccine earlier within the yr whereas in Charleston as a result of she was underneath 18 on the time. She hopes to get it quickly after taking part in in Cincinnati.
With participant “bubbles” deliberate for upcoming occasions, together with in Montreal, Canada, Gauff appears ahead to taking part in in entrance of a crowd once more.
“It undoubtedly means rather a lot to be out right here on the court docket even when it is simply an exo, simply to play in entrance of the group, particularly since we’re going again to Canada which might be a bubble, so it is going to be good simply to get some crowd expertise and be within the crowd earlier than it is time to return to the bubbles.”
Gauff is joined within the exhibition by two-time main winner Victoria Azarenka and 2019 Citi Open girls’s champion Jessica Pegula.