Serena Williams will not play in the Tokyo Olympics

The 23-times Grand Slam singles tennis champion said in a media interaction, ahead of the Wimbledon championship that she will not be part of the Tokyo Olympics. She has now joined the list of Gael Monfils, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Cam Norrie to skip the event. 

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“Yeah, I am actually not on the Olympic list, so….. Not that I am aware of. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it,” said Serena Williams speaking to reporters.

Williams played in 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics and won four gold medals with singles and doubles. She had skipped the 2004 Athens Games because of knee surgery.  The Olympics are scheduled to be started on July 23. “There are a lot of reasons I made my Olympics decision. I don’t really want to, I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”

39-year-old tennis professional told that she will explain her decision of skipping the Tokyo Olympics some another day and not during the pre-Wimbledon video conference. When asked, what will it be like to sit out at the Summer Games, she replied: “I have not thought about it. In the past, it’s been a wonderful place for me. I have not thought about it actually and this is why I am not thinking about it.”

US tennis star, Williams will be claiming her 24th Grand Slam singles title at the upcoming Wimbledon tournament.