‘One day at a time’ – Serena Williams hints she may not play Tokyo Olympics

Serena Williams said she has not yet decided if she will play the Tokyo Olympics, although she has hinted she is unlikely to.

Williams has played a heavily reduced schedule on the WTA Tour since becoming a mother in 2017.

She is also not short of Olympic gold medals, having picked up four already – three of them coming in the doubles with sister Venus.

Confusion still surround the Tokyo Olympics, with it still scheduled to go ahead this year after a 12-month delay, although significant opposition remains due to poor vaccination rates in Japan.

“You know I haven’t really thought much about that and that’s a really good question,” Serena Williams replied when asked if she will play in Tokyo.

Much of her concern is about the time it would force her to spend away from her daughter, with the Olympic village likely to be heavily locked down for the Games.

“I haven’t spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself. We’re best friends.

“I think there’s other reasons but I haven’t really thought much about Tokyo because it was supposed to be last year and now it’s this year and then there’s this pandemic and there’s so much to think about.

“Then there’s the Grand Slams and it’s just a lot. So, I’ve just been taking it one day at a time to a fault and I definitely need to figure out my next moves.”

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