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Serena Williams decides to skip Tokyo Olympics, here's why

Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slams to date, including four Olympic gold medals, with three of them coming in doubles. She would be skipping the Tokyo Olympics, which was expected to be her last, while she has said that numerous reasons are a factor for it.

Serena Williams decides to skip Tokyo Olympics, here's why-ayh
London, First Published Jun 28, 2021, 6:06 PM IST
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American tennis legend Serena Williams has decided to skip the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Although she did not give an actual reason for her pullout, she stated that there are numerous reasons for it.

"I'm actually not on the Olympic list, not that I'm aware of. If so, then I shouldn't be on it. There's a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision. I don't feel like going into them today. Maybe, another day," she said during a press conference in London ahead of Wimbledon 2021.

"Sorry. In the past, the Olympics have been a wonderful place for me. I really haven't thought about what it will be like not to be there. I'm going to keep not thinking about it," she added.

Serena is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. While she won the doubles gold during the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008, she won it in both singles and doubles in 2012.

Serena is currently preparing to participate in the Wimbledon, the Grand Slam she won on seven occasions. A win would help her win her 24th Slam title, thus equalling the all-time record of Margaret Court.

Serena becomes the first woman tennis player to pull out of the Olympics. Overall, she is the fourth after Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov.

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