World number three Simona Halep has become the latest big-name tennis player to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics after the Romanian said she would not recover in time from a calf injury.
Halep, who also retired from Wimbledon last week, joins 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, men’s world number 3 Rafa Nadal and last year’s US Open champion Dominic Thiem to skip the Games. Tokyo, starting July 23.
“Nothing makes me more proud than representing Romania, but unfortunately recovery from my calf injury takes longer and I have made the decision to withdraw from the Olympics this summer,” Halep tweeted on Monday.
having to skip the Olympics is incredibly hard to digest, but I’m determined to come back stronger
I will be watching and cheering for the Romanian athletes from home ❤️🇷🇴
– Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) June 28, 2021
In May, the 29-year-old exited a clay court event in Rome after injuring herself during her second-round match against Angelique Kerber and was subsequently forced to miss the French Open.
“After the disappointment of missing the French Open and Wimbledon, having to skip the Olympics is incredibly difficult to digest, but I am determined to come back stronger,” she added.
Halep suffered an opening round loss at the London Olympics in 2012 and skipped the Rio 2016 Games due to concerns about the Zika virus.
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