Mysterious illness

Parents of teen tennis player think she was intentionally poisoned at Wimbledon

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Gabriella Taylor of Great Britain plays a forehand during the Girl's singles first round match against Morgan Coppoc of The United States on Middle Sunday of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Police in the United Kingdom are taking seriously accusations that Gabriella Taylor was poisoned during the Wimbledon tennis competition this year. The 18-year-old player withdrew from the junior tournament quarterfinals and was hospitalized for four days in intensive care in July, according to CNN.

The Metropolitan Police police said it was looking into “an allegation of poisoning with intent to endanger life (or) cause grievous bodily harm” after a woman became ill on July 6. The complaint wasn’t made until August 5, and police are unsure whether any poison was ingested. Taylor had posted on Twitter about being ill during the tournament, saying that she had a virus, not food poisoning, at the time.

Taylor’s family told the BBC and The Daily Telegraph that they believed their daughter was poisoned because of her improbable diagnosis. Doctors said Taylor developed Leptospirosis, a condition so rare that “this could not have been an accident,” Milena Taylor, the athlete’s mother, told the Telegraph. The disease can be transmitted through rat urine, according to NBC.

“Her bags with her drinks in were often left unattended in the players’ lounge and someone could have taken the opportunity to contaminate her drink,” she said.

Read the full story at CNN.

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