Serena Williams has confirmed that she will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics but has declined the give the reasons behind the decision.
Serena has played in every Summer Olympics since 2004, winning four gold medals, including three in doubles and one in singles.
The 39-year-old is targeting an elusive 24th Grand Slam title this year after coming so close in recent years reaching four major finals since becoming a mother to daughter Olympia.
The world number eight was asked if she plans on taking part in the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics after Wimbledon and she confirmed she will not but was elusive on the reason.
“I’m actually not on the Olympic list … not that I’m aware of,” Williams told reporters. “And if so, then I shouldn’t be on it.
“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympics decision. I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.
“In the past, [the Olympics have] been a wonderful place for me, but I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it.”
The Olympics are still scheduled to go ahead despite criticism regarding the slow rollout of the vaccine programme in Tokyo. All athletes are expected to travel with limited support and international fans are not permitted.
Earlier in the year Serena was asked about the Olympics and whether she would be willing to take part without her daughter, who travels with her at all tournaments, by her side.
“I haven’t spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself. We’re best friends,” she said at the time.
Serena joins fellow players Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem who have both confirmed they will not play in the Olympics but Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have cemented their intentions to play.
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