Serena Williams said she will not play in Tokyo Olympics
NBC News — Twenty-three time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams announced on Sunday that she will not be playing in the Tokyo Olympics.
“I’m actually not on the Olympic list — not that I’m aware of. And if so then I shouldn’t be on it,” Williams told reporters during a pre-Wimbledon press conference after being asked if she planned to participate.
Williams, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, didn’t mention why she did not plan to attend.
Reporters asked Williams for a reason why, but she turn down the question.
“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision and I don’t feel like going into them today,” she said. “Maybe another day. Sorry.”
Previously, Williams won gold for the United States in both singles and doubles tennis at the 2012 London Olympics, in doubles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Her gold medals for doubles were all shared with her older sister Venus.
Williams made the announcement the day before the start of main-draw action at the prestigious London tournament, where she will try to collect her latest Grand Slam singles title.
Williams isn’t the only tennis player sitting this Olympics out. Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem also said they will not attend the Olympics. Roger Federer said on Saturday he had yet to decide on whether or not he planned to go to Tokyo.
The Olympics opens on July 23 in Tokyo after being postponed due Covid-19. NBC Universal, the parent company of NBC News, owns the U.S. media rights to the upcoming Olympics.
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