Sam Querrey: 'I would rather win Masters 1000 title than Olympic gold'

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Sam Querrey: 'I would rather win Masters 1000 title than Olympic gold'

Newly renovated Ariake Tennis Park will host the world's leading players between July 25 - August 2, 2020, at the ninth modern Olympic Games tennis tournament in Tokyo. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games have unveiled the event schedule, delivering nine days of action that includes 'Super Saturday' and 'Golden Sunday.'

In the first six days, 12 hard courts at Ariake Tennis Park will host the early round matches in men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles, with the men's singles third round and quarter-final clashes scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday brings men's singles semi-finals, men's doubles gold and bronze medal matches and mixed doubles semi-finals, shaping up the draws and carving the path towards the decisive battles on Saturday and Sunday that should catch the attention of the entire tennis world.

Besides Dominic Thiem who decided to stay in Europe and play on clay in those weeks, all the players from the top should be in Tokyo chasing the gold medal and it is the American Sam Querrey who is the second competitor that opted to skip the Olympics, just like in 2012 and 2016.

Sam will play the World TeamTennis instead, finding nothing special in the Olympic tennis event and choosing the Masters 1000 title over the Olympic gold at any day offered. "Nope, I'm not going," Querrey said.

"In fact, I'm playing World TeamTennis the whole season. Even without that, I wasn't planning on going to the Olympics. I went to Beijing in 2008 and skipped London and Rio. Felt like it was fun in 2008; I'm not saying it's not that important, it's just not a priority for me.

In my opinion, I would be fine if tennis wasn't even in the Olympics. A lot of my friends don't even know that tennis is in the Olympics. It's overshadowed by those other sports. I would rather win any Masters series tournament over an Olympic gold. So it's just not on my radar."