Daily US Times: Tennis superstar Serena Williams has confirmed she will skip the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Speaking to reporters a day before the start of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, the 23-time grand slam champion said on Sunday: “I’m actually not on the Olympic list … not that I’m aware of. And if so, then I shouldn’t be on it.”
She didn’t reveal why she decided to forgo the Tokyo Olympics.
The 39-year-old American said: “There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision. I don’t really want to … I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”
“In the past it’s (Olympics) been a wonderful place for me, but I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it,” she continued.
The Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23 after delaying one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Serena Williams has won four Olympic gold medals over her prestigious career after making her Games debut at Sydney in 2000.
She won gold in the doubles at Sydney in 2000 as well as gold in the singles and women’s doubles at London 2012 and another gold at the doubles at Beijing 2008.
The global tennis icon will look to win a record-tying 24th major and eighth Wimbledon title when the famous tournament begins on Tuesday when she faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the first round.
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