Four-time Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams will not finish fifth in the Tokyo Olympics.
Williams last time won a singles gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, but declined to reveal the exact reason why she chose not to compete on Sunday. In other words, she did say that there were multiple reasons for her decision.
“I made the Olympic decision for many reasons,” Williams told reporters at Wimbledon. “I really don’t want to-I don’t want to enter them today. Maybe another day. I’m sorry.
“I haven’t thought about it. The past (Olympics) was a wonderful place for me. I really haven’t thought about it, so I will never think about it.”
Williams, now 39, also won doubles gold medals with his sister Venus Williams in Sydney in 2000, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. She participated in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and encountered upsets in both singles and doubles matches, interrupting her previous undefeated Olympic career.
US Tennis Association spokesperson Chris Widmaier said: “In the end, the decision to participate in the Olympics is personal. As we emerge from the pandemic, we recognize and respect our top athletes to participate in Tokyo Personal decisions made by the Olympics.” Associated Press. “Although we fully support the International Olympic Committee and (International Tennis Federation) and encourage our athletes to participate, we recognize that in this special period, some athletes may choose not to participate for personal reasons.”
Williams will then participate in the Wimbledon Tennis Championship as the sixth seed of the tournament to tie the record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles held by Margaret Court.