Serena Williams has joined the growing list of the top absentees from the Tokyo Olympics tennis competition.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics tennis competition has suffered yet another casualty. Serena Williams has confirmed that the upcoming Olympics are not on her itinerary.
Serena did not confirm the reason, but confirmed at the pre-Wimbledon video conference that she wasn’t on the Olympics lists.
“I’m actually not on the Olympic list. … Not that I’m aware of. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it,” said the 39-year-old 23-time Grand Slam champion.
The tennis icon seems to have missed the one last opportunity to grab her fifth Olympics gold. She had won Summer Games four gold medals for the United States – 2000 Sydney doubles, 2008 Beijing doubles and 2012 London singles as well as doubles. All the three doubles have come with her elder sister Venus.
“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision,” Serena said on the eve of start of main-draw action at Wimbledon. At the All England Club courts she will be gunning for her 24 Grand Slam title. “I don’t really want to — I don’t feel like going into them today. May be another day. Sorry,” she said.
“I have not thought about it (the feeling of missing the Olympics). In the past, it’s been a wonderful place for me. I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it,” she added.
Earlier, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem have also opted out of the Tokyo 2020 Games, scheduled to start on July 23. There is also no certainly about Roger Federer’s participation in the Games, which were delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.