Negative news continues to arrive ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Tennis players of the caliber of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner will not participate in the men's tournament; while the intentions of Novak Djokovic are not yet clear: Nole after winning Wimbledon questioned his presence.
Important renunciations have also arrived in the last few hours with regard to the women's circuit, already forced to do without Serena Williams. Two other champions and icons have in fact announced that they will not participate in the Olympics.
These are Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber.
Azarenka and Kerber also renounce the Olympics
The Belarusian, who won a bronze medal in the women's singles and a gold medal in the mixed doubles in London 2012, decided not to fly to Tokyo due to the pandemic and the restrictions set by the organizers.
"I would like to inform everyone that I have made the difficult decision not to play in the Tokyo Olympics. I have many wonderful memories of the gold medal and the honor of representing Belarus, but with all the challenges we are facing in relation to the pandemic, I know in my heart that this is the right decision for me and my team.
I will return to Paris in 2024 to wear the colors of Belarus," wrote Azarenka in a story posted on her Instagram account. The German tennis player, who instead won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, explained that in the coming weeks she will try to recover 100% from a physical point of view considering the last intense commitments.
She said: "The thought of participating in the Olympics has always been constant in recent months to believe in my goals. Representing Germany in London 2012 and Rio 2016 is one of the best memories of my career. This made it very difficult to accept that my body needs rest after intense weeks and that I need to recover as best I can to return to playing in the next tournaments later this summer.
Thanks for the support, it was a very difficult decision for me. A big good luck to all the athletes from Germany competing in Tokyo."