Monday, July 6, 2020

Tiafoe ineligible for WTT after testing positive

Frances Tiafoe won the 2016 Stockton (Calif.) Challenger at 18
to crack the top 100 for the first time. 2016 photo by Paul Bauman
   Frances Tiafoe of the Washington Kastles was declared ineligible for the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for COVID-19 "within the advance travel testing window," league CEO Carlos Silva said in a statement today.
   The season is scheduled for Sunday through Aug. 2 at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
   Tiafoe, 22, is ranked No. 81 in the world (No. 8 in the United States) after climbing as high as No. 29 in February 2019. He won the 2016 Stockton (Calif.) Challenger at 18 to crack the top 100 for the first time.
   No replacement for Tiafoe was named. Also on the Kastles' roster are doubles specialists Marcelo Arevalo and Nick Monroe, plus Venus Williams, Bernarda Pera and Arina Rodionova. Arevalo, who reached a career-high No. 139 in singles in 2018, could play in that event instead of Tiafoe.

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