Gabriella Taylor's Alleged Wimbledon Poisoning Investigated by Scotland Yard

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Gabriella Taylor of Great Britain plays a backhand 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)
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Scotland Yard is reportedly investigating the alleged poisoning of 18-year-old tennis player Gabriella Taylor at Wimbledon in July. 

According to the Telegraph's Martin Evans, Sam Dean and Nazrin Wilkinson, police in London started investigating if Taylor had been poisoned after she contracted a bacterial illness. 

Evans, Dean and Wilkinson reported Taylor was diagnosed with "a rare strain of Leptospirosis, a bacteria that can be transmitted through rat urine," and added it "is a bacteria which is usually spread by animals and in the most cases only causes mild flu like symptoms."

The report also states Taylor's alleged poisoning is being investigated as a potential scheme by an organized crime group, rival player or opposing coach. 

"The bacteria the infection team found is so rare in Britain that we feel this could not have been an accident," Taylor's mother, Milena Taylor said, per Evans, Dean and Wilkinson. "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."

Taylor was so ill that she was in the intensive care unit and "close to death," according to her mother. Her stay in the ICU reportedly lasted four days. 

However, her health appears to be improving by the day. 

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On Wednesday, Taylor posted a message on Twitter that indicated she is on the mend and back on the court after the medical scare: 

Gabriella Taylor @gabitaylorr

So happy to be back on court!!✌🏽️😉 Taking it step by step! 👊🏼 @WilsonTennis @BritishTennis #sunin myeyes https://t.co/R8xaJDmry6

Taylor, who hails from Great Britain, secured three straight-set victories in the girls singles tournament at Wimbledon before she was forced to retire in the quarterfinals after going down a set against American Kayla Day.

Before that, Taylor made it through two rounds at Wimbledon in 2014 before she lost in Round 3 to Paula Badosa Gibert of Spain.  


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