Frances Tiafoe Tests Positive for COVID-19
(July 4, 2020) Frances Tiafoe announced on social media that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The American tennis player ranked No. 81 in the world was participating in the Draft Kings All-American Team Cup in Atlanta.
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.
— Frances Tiafoe (@FTiafoe) July 4, 2020
“Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus. Tiafoe has left the event site and will not participate in the remainder of the event. We will continue to diligently enforce all guidelines from local health officials.”
— Truist Atlanta Open 🎾 (@ATLOpenTennis) July 4, 2020
A statement from the DraftKings All-American Team Cup:
“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. Christopher Eubanks will replace Tiafoe for the remainder of the event.”
COVID-19 safety protocols and attendance requirements:
Statement from Frances Tiafoe:
“This situation is extremely disappointing as we all believed we were taking the necessary precautions both before and upon our arrival here in metro Atlanta, and of course once on the ground at the event. Now, I’ve begun the quarantine protocol, as advised by the event medical staff, and I’m just sorry I won’t be able to complete my play here.”
Just recently in Balkans, the Adria tour set up by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was cancelled due to Grigor Dimitrov testing positive for the Coronavirus. A number of players and staff associated with the event went on to test positive for the virus including Djokovic and his wife (who have since recovered), Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki and former player and currrent Djokovic coach Goran Ivanisevic.
As of July 6, Tiafoe will not be eligible to play World TeamTennis:
“Washington Kastles player Frances Tiafoe, having tested positive for COVID-19 within the advance travel testing window, is ineligible to compete in the 2020 World TeamTennis season.”