As she prepares for the opening of Wimbledon, Serena Williams announced today (Sunday) that she is giving up participation in the Olympic Games that kick off in Tokyo next month. The 39-year-old American declined to comment on the reasons that led her to make the decision, but she did say that in the past the Olympics were “a great thing for me”. Williams won a gold medal in singles at the 2012 Olympics, while in doubles she won gold in 2000, 2008 and 2012.

As is well known, this year’s Olympic Games will be held in the shadow of the Corona, with many restrictions being placed on athletes to prevent the virus from entering competitions as much as possible. One of the restrictions during a stay in Japan is that the athletes will not be able to stay with their family members, which means that Williams had to separate from her three-year-old daughter during the games.

Serena, who will try to win the 24th Grand Slam of her career and equal Margaret Kurt at the top of the table, is not the first senior name to miss the European Games, after Rafael Nadal did so last week. In addition, the injured Dominic Tim will be absent from Wimbledon, as his participation in Tokyo depends on his recovery rate. In addition, Sky reports that Roger Federer will decide whether to participate in the Olympics only after the Wimbledon tournament. As you may recall, the Swiss who will celebrate his 40th birthday in August retired from the Roland Garros last month in the quarter-finals.

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