SPORTS GIST Tennis SERENA WILLIAMS NOT COMPETING IN THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS By Admin Posted on June 28, 2021 3 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Oduola Farouq A. Serena Williams, the world number one tennis player, has declared that she will not compete in this summer’s Olympics. The four-time Olympic gold medalist in tennis, the most recent in women’s singles in 2012, said she opted not to attend to Tokyo for a number of reasons. Williams told reporters at Wimbledon on Sunday, “I’m actually not on the Olympic list, not that I’m aware of.” “If that’s the case, I’m not supposed to be on it.” “I made my Olympic decision for a variety of reasons,” she explained. “I don’t want to go into them today; I don’t feel like it.” Perhaps another time. Sorry. The 39-year-old won gold at the London Olympics, defeating Maria Sharapova in the final. She also won in doubles with sister Venus Williams in Sydney in 2000, Beijing in 2008, and London in 2012. “I haven’t given it much thought. [The Olympics] has been a wonderful place for me in the past. I haven’t given it much consideration; therefore, I’m going to continue to do so.” “Ultimately, the decision to compete in the Games is a personal one, and as we emerge from the epidemic, we acknowledge and respect the personal decisions made by our best athletes regarding participation in the Tokyo Games,” said Chris Widmaier, a spokesperson for the US Tennis Association. On Tuesday, Williams takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in a bid for her eighth Wimbledon crown and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam trophy. Despite the fact that top players including Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep would be unable to compete due to mental health issues and injury, Serena Williams has emphasized that she will not take anything for granted.