Tokyo 2020: Serena Williams says she will not play at the Olympics

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Serena Williams.
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Serena Williams has said she will not be going to the Tokyo Olympics, but declined to say why during her pre-Wimbledon conference with reporters.

“Actually, I’m not on the Olympic list… Not to my knowledge. If it is, then I shouldn’t be there, ”said Williams.

Williams, 39, has won four gold medals at previous Summer Games for the United States: in singles and doubles at the 2012 London Olympics – which hosted the tennis competition at the All England Club – and doubles at the 2000 Sydney Games. 2008 Olympic Games and Beijing Olympics.

All of his doubles gold medals have been won with his older sister, Venus, as a partner.

In Rio, Serena lost in the third round of the singles to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and the siblings were beaten in the first round of the doubles. Prior to that, they were 15-0 as an Olympic doubles team.

“There are many reasons why I made my Olympic decision,” said Williams the day before the main draw starts at Wimbledon, where she will be looking for her 24th Grand Slam singles title. “I don’t really want to do it – I don’t want to tackle them today. Maybe another day. Sorry. “

Asked what it will be like not to participate in the Summer Games, Williams replied, “I haven’t thought about it. In the past it was a wonderful place for me. I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to continue not to think about it. “

Other top tennis players such as Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem have also said they will skip the trip to Japan, where the Olympics will open on July 23, a year after being postponed due to the pandemic. of coronavirus.

Roger Federer said on Saturday that he had not decided whether or not to participate in the Tokyo Games and would find out after seeing how things are going at Wimbledon.

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