Frances Tiafoe tests positive for COVID-19, exits Atlanta tennis event

ATLANTA — Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament.

Tiafoe was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament involving eight top American men’s players at Life Time Fitness in Peachtree Corners. The event is allowing a limited number of fans and not requiring masks, though will provide them if requested.

Tiafoe defeated Sam Querrey on Friday, but was showing symptoms after the match and a test was positive.

Tiafoe, a 22-year-old who reached the 2019 Australian Open quarterfinals, left the event site and was replaced by Christopher Eubanks. Tiafoe was captain of Team Stars, playing against John Isner’s Team Stripes.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and three other pro players had tested positive for the virus after playing in a similar exhibition event in Europe. The pro tennis tours are suspended until August.

The No. 81-ranked Tiafoe wrote on Twitter that he had been training in Florida and had tested negative there as recently as a week ago. He said he has begun the quarantine protocol recommended by the tournament staff and will be retested next week.

Tournament officials said they had begun deep cleaning and sanitizing the event site, along with alerting people who may have been exposed.

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Taylor won’t hold anything back if he ever faces ‘hero’ Pacquiao

FILE – Josh Taylor poses after defeating Alfonso Olvera in a super lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taylor won by unanimous decision. Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Scottish boxing champion Josh Taylor has the utmost admiration for his idol Manny Pacquiao.

That’s why he’s not going to hold anything back if he gets a chance to fight the Filipino boxing legend.

“Manny Pacquiao is my hero. To share the ring with my hero would be brilliant. It would be amazing. That would be a dream come true in itself sharing the ring with Manny Pacquiao,” Taylor told BT Sport recently as posted on boxingscene.com.

“Obviously once you get in there you go in there to take his head off. I would love to fight my hero it would be brilliant.”

The 29-year-old Taylor, the reigning IBF and WBA (super) light welterweight champion, had earlier said that he would be open to moving up in weight to challenge Pacquiao.

Taylor (16-0, 12 KOs) beat Regis Prograis by majority decision in his last bout nine months ago in the World Boxing Super Series final at The O2 Arena in London, England.

The 41-year-old Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), who holds the WBA (Super) welterweight title, hasn’t fought since beating Keith Thurman almost a year ago at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao has been reportedly in talks with Top Rank chief Bob Arum and WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford for a potential showdown.


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