Serena Williams said she would not go to the Tokyo Olympics, but declined to say why during her pre-Wimbledon video conference with reporters on Sunday.
“I’m not really on the Olympic list. … Not that I’m aware of it. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it,” Williams said.
The 39-year-old Williams won four gold medals at the past Summer Games for the United States: both singles and doubles at the 2012 London Olympics, which hosted the All England Club tennis competition – and doubles in Sydney in 2000 Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
All her golden pairs were won with her older sister Venus as her partner.
At the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Serena Williams lost in the third round of singles to Elina Svitolina from Ukraine and the siblings were defeated in the first round of doubles. Before that, they were 15-0 as an Olympic doubles team.
“There are many reasons why I made my Olympic decision,” Williams said Sunday, a day before the start of Wimbledon’s main game, where he will try to win his 24th Grand Slam title in singles. “I really don’t want to do it – I don’t want to go into them today. Maybe another day. I’m sorry. “
Asked what it would be like to sit at the summer games, Williams replied: “I haven’t thought about it. It’s been a wonderful place for me in the past. I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep thinking about it.”
Other top tennis players such as Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem have also said they will miss the trip to Japan, where the Olympics open on July 23, a year after the postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Roger Federer said on Saturday that he has not decided whether to participate in the games in Tokyo and will find out after seeing how things are going at Wimbledon.