Victoria Azarenka on Thursday introduced she will not be collaborating within the Tokyo Olympics.© AFP
Former world primary and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Victoria Azarenka on Thursday turned the newest Grand Slam winner to withdraw from the Tokyo Games, citing “challenges from the pandemic.” Azarenka, who received combined doubles gold alongside Max Mirnyi in 2012, in addition to a bronze in singles, joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem and Angelique Kerber in pulling out. “I want to inform everybody that I’ve made the very troublesome choice to not play within the Tokyo Olympics,” the 31-year-old Belarusian wrote on Twitter.
“I’ve many wonderful recollections successful the gold whereas competing and representing Belarus in earlier Games.
“But with all of the challenges we face because it pertains to the pandemic, I do know in my coronary heart that is the fitting choice for myself and the staff.
“I sit up for returning to the 2024 Olympics in Paris to signify Belarus.”
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) July 15, 2021
— Angelique Kerber (@AngeliqueKerber) July 15, 2021
Azarenka didn’t specify if a ban on members of the family coming into Japan, which might have included her four-year-old son Leo, was a primary consider her choice.
World primary and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic final weekend put his probabilities of enjoying in Tokyo at “50/50”.
The Olympics, already delayed by a yr, get underway on July 23.
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