Serena Williams Withdraws From 2021 Tokyo Olympics
23-time Grand Slam winner to forgo what was expected to be her last Olympic Game.
During a pre-Wimbledon press conference, Serena Williams revealed that she will not be participating in the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Forgoing what was expected to be the 39-year-old tennis player’s last Olympic Game, Williams joins fellow tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in withdrawing this year.
Speaking of her decision, Williams elaborated, "I’m actually not on the Olympic list. ... Not that I’m aware of. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it.” Williams’ declined commenting on the reasons of her withdrawal, remarking “There's a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision… I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”
Williams has previously won four medals at the 2012 London, 2008 Beijing, and 2000 Sydney Olympics, bagging all her doubles’ golds alongside her sister Venus Williams. Speaking of her history with the Olympics, Williams added, “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.”
The 23-time Grand Slam champion is now preparing for her upcoming Wimbledon stint, where another Grand Slam win will equalize her with the all-time record holder, Margaret Court.