British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, reports The Straits Times.
Raducanu captured the hearts of the nation during her incredible run to U.S Open glory.
The teenager entered the U.S Open while ranked #150th in the world and had to get through three qualifying rounds before her name was in the draw for the actual tournament.
Remarkably, Raducanu went on to win the competition without dropping a set, which ranks as one of the most incredible underdog stories in sporting history and immediately propelled her to greatness.
As was reported by the BBC on Monday morning, the 19-year-old had been shortlisted for the Sports Personality of the Year award alongside compatriots Tom Daley, Tyson Fury, Adam Peaty, Sarah Storey and Raheem Sterling.
Considering the magnitude of her accomplishments, she has to be considered as one of the favourites to win the award when the ceremony is held on Sunday, 19th December.
However, in a devastating stroke of ill fortune, Raducanu has returned a positive COVID-19 test, as is reported by The Straits Times, and will subsequently be in self-isolation when the ceremony takes place.
It’s a great shame that she will not be there in the flesh, irrespective of whether she is crowned the winner, but that takes nothing away from what she has achieved this year. What an absolute phenom!