The next Olympic Games in Tokyo will be a truly unfortunate edition, postponed by twelve months due to the global Coronavirus pandemic and now battered by a series of forfeits and absences that do not seem to end yet. In the men's field, the event board will see the absence of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini, among others; in the women's singles, Simona Halep, Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber will not play in Tokyo.
Unfortunately, the women's edition of the Olympics will now be staged even without the very young Cori Gauff, who managed to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon a few days ago before being stopped by Kerber in two halves.
"I am really disappointed in announcing the news of having tested positive for Covid-19 and therefore not being able to compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games," said the American via Twitter. "It has always been a dream of mine to represent the United States at the Olympics, I hope to have many more possibilities in the future to make this dream a reality.
I wish the best to the American selection and a safe edition of the Games to all Olympic athletes." Coco, born in 2004, played her first quarter-finals in a Grand Slam event a few months ago at Roland Garros, when she was stopped by Barbora Krejcikova with a score of 7-6 6-3.
Gauff has won two career WTA titles: Linz in 2019 and the Emilia Romagna Open in Parma this year, winning over Chinese Wang Qiang in two simple sets. The young stars and stripes tennis player currently occupies the 25th position in the WTA women's ranking, but was also 23rd last June: to date she is the fourth American player in the standings, after Sofia Kenin (4th), Jennifer Brady (15 °) and Serena Williams (16th).
Coco also managed to win the doubles edition of Parma 2021, together with countrywoman Caty McNally (in the final over Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac).
Who are the idols of tennis players?
Our generation and probably also the previous generation of fans had and still has Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as idols.
The Big Three have left an indelible mark on the world of tennis and still today they continue to dominate and have 'control' over tennis. In particular, if we talk about the last 15 years, almost all tennis school kids would answer that they have Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal as their idol and the Tennis TV colleagues have carried out this survey by asking the same question to some of the tennis players of the ATP Tour.
Who is their idol? Who is the tennis player who inspired their career? Various answers arrived, there are those who went on the safe side by answering Roger Federer or the American André Agassi and those who used to respond in a particular way, probably Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Greek said that his idol was Konstantinos Economidis, a former Greek tennis player who obtained the Best Ranking of number 112 in the world. Tsitsipas made it clear that Economidis was the reason he wanted to play tennis, his goal is to give him the impact that tennis in Greece deserved."
Who are the idols of tennis players?cHere is a list of some of the main players on the circuit and who their real idols are: De Minaur - Lleyton Hewitt
Felix Auger Aliassime - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Denis Shapovalov - Roger Federer
Nishikori - Roger Federer and Hicham Arazi
Matteo Berrettini - Roger Federer
Alexander Zverev - Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal - Carlos Moya
Andy Murray - André Agassi
Cameron Norrie - André Agassi
Grigor Dimitrov - Pete Sampras and André Agassi
Milos Raonic - Pete Sampras
Stan Wawrinka - Pete Sampras, Alex Corretja and Patrick Rafter
Stefanos Tsitsipas - Konstantinos Economidis
Daniil Medvedev - Marat Safin
Andrey Rublev - Marat Safin and Rafael Nadal