Tokyo Olympics: Stanislas Wawrinka, Simona Halep latest tennis stars to pull out
The Tokyo Olympics is slated to get underway from July 23. However, it seems like the sport of tennis is hugely affected for various reasons. In the meantime, two more players, Stanislas Wawrinka and Simona Halep, have decided to withdraw as well.
The sport of tennis in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics seems to be getting affected with each passing day, as numerous top stars are pulling out. Meanwhile, a couple more have decided to do the same, citing various concerns.
Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka is the latest one to withdraw from the global event. Wawrinka won the gold during the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the doubles, partnering with his great Swiss teammate Roger Federer.
"He is very disappointed not to be able to play in the Games and represent Switzerland in Tokyo. But, he is working hard on his recovery and towards his goal of getting back on court as soon as possible," his team management said in a statement, reports ANI.
Wawrinka has been suffering in terms of fitness, as he underwent his left foot surgery last month. He has been struggling to make an impact in the ATP circuit since 2017. This year, he has played four tournaments, with a 3-3 record, while he is ranked 30th in the singles.
Along with Wawrinka, Romania's Simona Halep too decided to pull out, as she is yet to recover from her calf injury. Last month, she suffered the same during the Rome Masters, as she was forced to miss out on the French Open and the ongoing Wimbledon.
"Nothing brings me more pride than representing Romania, but sadly the recovery from my calf injury requires more time and I have made the decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games this summer. After the disappointment of missing the French Open and Wimbledon. Having to skip the Olympics is incredibly tough to digest, but I am determined to come back stronger I will be watching and cheering on the Romanian athletes from home," she wrote in a tweet.
The list of withdrawals has grown vital to six. Earlier on Monday, USA's Serena Williams decided to withdraw, while Canada's Denis Denis Shapovalov, Austria's Dominic Thiem and Spani's Rafael Nadal are also the top stars to pull out.
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