The end of hope. American tennis star Serena Williams did not please her fans very much. She decided to skip the Tokyo Olympics. The winner of 23 grand slams will not strive for her fifth gold under five circles. She had previously said that she could not imagine being so long without her three-year-old daughter Olympia, who she would not be able to take to the venue due to strict anti-coronavirus measures, but the organizers were expected to accommodate her. But the rules apply equally to everyone, so Williams said no to the Olympics.
“I’m not currently nominated for an Olympic nomination, at least I don’t know about it. And if I am, I shouldn’t be there,” the 39-year-old Olympic singles champion from London 2012 and a three-time doubles gold medalist told reporters ahead of Wimbledon on Monday. However, she did not give a specific reason.
After the birth of her daughter in September 2017, Williams significantly reduced her wrestling program. This year she played only five tournaments with a balance of 12 wins and four defeats, she gave up one match. So far, she has unsuccessfully sought a record 24th grand slam triumph – she lost in the semifinals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in the round of 16.
Serena Williams is not playing the Olympics. “I’m actually not on the Olympic list. If I am, I shouldn’t be on it.”
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) June 27, 2021
Williams qualified for Tokyo due to her position in the world rankings, where she is currently eighth. Of the Americans, only the sixth Sofia Kenin is better. Each country can send a maximum of four tennis players to singles.
Williams joined the Spaniard Rafael Nadal or the Austrian Dominic Thiem. While Nadal justified his absence by resting after the clay season, Thiem has an injured wrist. The Austrian tennis player apologized to the Olympics earlier because of his bad form.