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Tiafoe tests positive for virus, exits Atlanta event

Field Level Media
05 Jul 2020, 03:40 GMT+10

Frances Tiafoe withdrew from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Tiafoe was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament in Atlanta. The event is allowing a limited number of fans and not requiring masks, although it will provide them if requested.

"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," Tiafoe wrote on Twitter. "Over the past two months, I have been training in Florida and tested negative there as recently as a week ago."

Tiafoe, 22, added that he is scheduled to have a second test early next week has begun the quarantine protocol as advised by the medical staff in Atlanta.

"Like all the players, Tiafoe was tested prior to or upon arrival in Atlanta and has passed daily temperature tests," the All-American Team Cup said in a statement. "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."

Tiafoe, who is ranked No. 81 in the world, was the captain of Team Stars with Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul. He was replaced by Christopher Eubanks in the tournament.

--Field Level Media

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