Tennis at Tokyo Olympics: Jean-Julien Rojer tests positive for COVID-19, Dutch pairing ruled out of the competition

Dutch tennis player, Jean-Julien Rojer has tested positive fir COVID-19. As a result, Dutch pairing of Rojer and Wesley Koolhaf is out of the men's doubles event.

Wesley Koolhaf and Jean-Julien Rojer
Wesley Koolhaf and Jean-Julien Rojer

In yet another COVID-19 positive case at the Olympic village, Dutch tennis star Jean-Julien Rojer tested positive of COVID and as a result, he can’t compete further in the tournament. He was playing the men’s doubles event with Wesley Koolhaf and the duo were one of the strongest on court. They were seeded 8th and had a realistic chance to win a medal.

Earlier, they cleared the opening hurdle by beating the Belgian team of Sander Gilles and Joran Vliegen in straight sets and were to face Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus of New Zealand. But after Rojer testing positive, the New Zealand duo have been given a walkover into the third round.

ITF issued an official statement regarding the same: “The ITF has been informed that the athlete Jean-Julien Rojer of the NOC*NSF (Netherlands Olympic Committee Netherlands Sports Federation) has tested positive for COVID-19 and placed in isolation as per the set procedures.”

“Rojer and his partner Wesley Koolhof have been withdrawn from the men’s doubles event, and their opponents Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus of New Zealand receive a walkover into the quarterfinals.”

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.