Monica Puig, the Rio 2016’s women’s singles champion, says she is looking forward to playing the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year as well as experience what the city of Tokyo would be like.
Monica Puig on the Tokyo Olympics
Speaking to the ITF Tennis website, Puig says, "I was hoping to have those same experiences this year in Tokyo, but I’m looking ahead to next year and hoping to relive some of those amazing memories all over again.
It’s a totally different setting for the Games in Asia – it’s going to be a different experience. Japan is beautiful, and Tokyo is such an amazing city, and I’m just really interested to see what it’s going to be like.
Rio was all of that Latin flavour, so I’m really excited to see what it’s going to be like in Tokyo and to experience my second Olympic Games, that’s going to be huge! Puig defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber in the final in 2016 in what was her first ever appearance at the Olympics.
"I loved my experience at my first ever Olympics. Winning the gold medal was surreal, but just being a part of that whole experience, and knowing that I was a part of one of the biggest celebrations of sports in the world, I still get goose-bumps just thinking about it.
It’s such a beautiful thing to witness – for example, the opening ceremony, just how many people were there, and the emotions running high. I really loved it, loved every single part of Rio – not just winning, obviously winning was huge, but just what I experienced, especially in the Olympic Village and with our team.
It was so beautiful”. Due to the current global pandemic, the Tokyo Games have been postponed from 2020 to 2021. The professional tennis circuit has also been suspended since March and has been scheduled to start in the month of August.
Monica Puig is the first Puerto Rican in history to win an Olympic gold medal. She has also won two WTA singles titles and peaked at No. 27 in the world rankings. She is currently ranked No. 90 in the world.