Serena Williams will not be participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The four-time Olympic champion made the disclosure recently and said her decision is based on a number of reasons, however, she did not name them.
“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision,” she said. “I don’t really want to — I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”
She added; “I have not thought about it. In the past [the Olympics] has been a wonderful place for me. I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it.”
According to U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier, the decision to participate in the Olympic Games is up to the athletes.
“Ultimately, the decision to participate in the Games is an individual one, and as we emerge from the pandemic, we recognize and respect the personal decisions made by our top athletes regarding participation in the Tokyo Games,” he told the Associated Press.
“Although we fully support the IOC and the [International Tennis Federation], and have encouraged our athletes to participate, we recognize the fact that in this unique time, some athletes may choose not to participate for personal reasons.”
Williams won gold in the London Games, beating Maria Sharapova in the final, and won in doubles in Sydney in 2000, Beijing in 2008, and London in 2012 with sister Venus Williams.