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Wimbledon (United Kingdom) (AFP)
American Serena Williams announced on Sunday that she would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8) without giving any reason, a day before the start of Wimbledon.
“As far as I know, I’m not on the Olympic list anyway… and if I’m there, I shouldn’t be,” said the 39-year-old, the 2012 Olympic singles champion in London. Courts at Wimbledon on the grass.
She asked for clarification, “There are a number of reasons that led me to make my decision on the Olympics. I don’t want to talk about it today. Maybe one more time. Sorry,” she asked for clarification.
As far as whether she would miss the Games, where she won three doubles gold medals associated with her sister Venus (2000, 2008, 2012), she was equally deferential.
“I didn’t think about it. In the past, I’ve had some amazing times at the Olympics. But I didn’t really think about it and I won’t continue to think about it.”
The younger of the Williams sisters, who will turn 40 in September, will seek to win her 24th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon that will allow her to equal Margaret Court’s record.
Since her last major title in Australia in 2017, she has failed four times in the finals at Wimbledon 2018 and 2019 and at the US Open in 2018 and 2019.
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