Tennis had a coronavirus problem at the Adria Tour in Eastern Europe, and now it has one at the DraftKings All-American Team Cup in the Southeastern United States. On Friday, after he played in the Atlanta event—with 450 fans in attendance—Frances Tiafoe tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement from the event was released Saturday morning:
"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."
The event's COVID-19 safety protocols and attendance requirements can be read here.
Tiafoe confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
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
The 22-year-old took a near 15-minute medical timeout during the second set of his opening match Friday, before overcoming Sam Querrey, 6-4, 7-6 (5). He said afterward, "It was tough. I was playing well, but I hit a serious wall," Tiafoe said. "I honestly thought I was going to retire but I started to push for the fans."