Coco Gauff still without a sense of smell after positive coronavirus result, but ‘A-OK’

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World No 25 Coco Gauff returned to court on Thursday following her fortnight away from action due to a positive coronavirus result.

The teenager was due to take part in her first Olympics, but she withdrew on the eve of the Tokyo Games after returning a positive Covid-19 sample.

With her self-isolation period over, the 17-year-old was in non-competitive action in Washington as she took part in an exhibition match against two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka at the Citi Open.

“I’m just happy that I didn’t have really many symptoms. I was pretty much asymptomatic,” Gauff said after the match. “I just had – still have – a loss of smell. But other than that, I’m A-OK.”

The American hopes to get her first vaccine dose after the Cincinnati Open, which runs from August 16-22, but she admits it was tricky to schedule a two-shot jab before the Olympics due her age and the constant travelling on the WTA Tour.

“The real problem is just getting the dosages spaced out and, obviously, going from country to country is difficult,” she explained.

“But, I’m going to get it as soon as I can.”