The Australian tennis player has tested positive for Covid-19, preventing him from representing his country at the Olympics.
“I am so disappointed to have to miss the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after having tested positive for COVID-19 this week, just a few days before I was scheduled to depart,” wrote De Minaur on his official Instagram account.
“I was really looking forward to representing Australia and being part of the team in Tokyo. I will support the entire delegation now from home and can’t wait to have the opportunity to wear the Green and Gold in Paris in 2024.”
World No. 17 last appeared on tour late in June at The Championships, where he lost in the first round to American player Sebastian Korda in four sets.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed that Alex De Minaur undertook both the 96-hour and 72-hour PCR test, as required by the Japanese authorities, with both returning a positive result.
The AOC also revealed that the five-time ATP titlist was due to fly to Tokyo on July 18th from Spain, adding that he has not been in contact with other members of the Australian Olympic Team since returning a negative test on July 5th.
Early in May, Ian Chesterman, Australia’s Chef de Mission, spoke about the health guidelines ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, outlining: “The increased testing is important. Now all athletes will be tested twice with 96 hours before arrival into Japan and again on arrival. Testing during the Games will also be stepped up to occur every day.”
Chesterman has been the Chef de Mission of the national team at six Winter Olympics Games.
Speaking about De Minaur’s situation, Chesterman further commented: “Naturally, we have great sympathy for Alex being in this situation so close to the Games. We know he loves representing his country and his sport and that he was very much looking forward to his first Olympic Games.
“But this is the reality of the world right now. Japan and the Olympic movement needs effective measures to ensure a safe and secure Games.
“The safety of the Australian Olympic Team and the Japanese community is paramount, and the system put into place has done its job, sadly for both us and for Alex.”
The 22-year-old claimed his first grass-court title this season at the Eastbourne Open; in Tokyo, he was set to compete in singles and doubles.
Recently, several tennis players have pulled out from the Olympics for different reasons, and one of those players is countryman Nick Kyrgios.
“I’ve decided to withdraw from the Olympics. It’s a decision I didn’t take lightly,” he announced in mid-July.
Adding: “It’s been my dream to represent Australia at the Olympics, and I know I may never get that opportunity again. But I also know myself.
“The thought of playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t sit well with me. It never has.”
World No. 58 contested his first ATP Tournament since the Australian Open at Wimbledon, forced to retire in the third round due to an abdominal injury while playing Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
“I also wouldn’t want to take an opportunity away from a healthy Aussie athlete ready to represent the country,” he added.
“I will also take all the time I need to get my body right.”