The American tennis player of the highest ranking on the planet will not participate in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
After her Wimbledon defeat in the second round against American Madison Brengle, Sofia Kenin confirmed Wednesday that she has decided not to play in the Olympic tournament.
“Yeah, I don’t play the Olympics,” Kenin said during a press conference, according to him Kathleen McNamee on ESPN. “Yes, it was a difficult decision, but I talked and discussed that with my agents.
“I couldn’t take anyone with me, and I definitely wanted to have someone. Of course I like the Olympics. It was tough, like I said.”
McNamee added that Kenin, No. 6 in the current WTA ranking, originally said in February that she wanted to play in Tokyo.
Great of all time Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are among the other big tennis names skipping the Olympics that were postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams retired from Wimbledon Tuesday after her retirement he suffered an injury at the start of her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and the 39-year-old’s statute for the rest of the summer and this year’s US Open is unknown.