Frances Tiafoe withdraws from exhibition tournament in Atlanta after testing positive for coronavirus

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Frances Tiafoe in action

Frances Tiafoe has become the latest high-profile tennis player to return a positive coronavirus test and has subsequently withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup.

The American played in the exhibition tournament in Atlanta on Friday, beating Sam Querrey in straight sets, but he confirmed the positive Covid-19 test shortly afterwards.

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Tiafoe revealed that he felt dizzy during the match and struggled to play in the heat.

“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,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Over the past two months, I have been training in Florida and tested negative there as recently as a week ago.

“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.”

The top eight American male players are taking part in the DraftKings All-American Team Cup in the Southeastern United States and tournament director Eddie Gonzalez says they have started “deep cleaning” the site after Tiafoe’s positive test.

“Following his match, he was showing symptoms and was re-tested and tested positive,” Gonzalez said in a statement allamericanteamcup.com/news. “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.”

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