Tennis legend Serena Williams confirmed that she will not compete in the 2021 Olympics. She made the announcement during a press conference leading up to Wimbledon.
“Actually, I’m not on the Olympic list, not that I know of. If so, then it shouldn’t be in it, “Williams told reporters.
While the tennis star made the announcement, he did not elaborate on his decision to skip the Tokyo Games.
“There are many reasons why I made my Olympic decision. I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry, ”Williams said.
Over the years, the Olympic gold medalist has won that title 4 times. In 2000, 2008 and 2012, Williams won three gold medals in women’s doubles, with her sister Venus. The sister duo were upset in the first round of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Serena Williams also won gold in women’s singles in 2012, against Maria Sharapova in the final.
US Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday: “Ultimately, the decision to participate in the Games is an individual one and, as we emerge from the pandemic, we recognize and respect the personal decisions that our best athletes make regarding participation in the Tokyo Games. While we fully support the IOC and the (International Tennis Federation) and have encouraged our athletes to participate, we recognize the fact that in this unique moment, some athletes may choose not to participate for personal reasons. “
Williams is not the only tennis player who has made the decision to stop competing in Tokyo. Top players such as Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem also announced that they will not attend. The 2020 Olympics were delayed a year by the coronavirus pandemic and are scheduled to begin on July 23.