“Actually, I am not on the Olympic list. … Not that I know. If so, then I shouldn’t be involved, ”Williams said.
Serena Williams said she would not be attending the Tokyo Olympics, but did not want to explain why during a videoconference with reporters ahead of Wimbledon on Sunday.
“Actually, I am not on the Olympic list. … Not that I’m in the know. If so, then I shouldn’t be involved, ”Williams said.
Williams, 39, won four gold medals at the last Summer Games for the United States: singles and doubles at the London 2012 Olympics, hosted by the All England Club, and doubles at Sydney 2000 Olympics and 2008 Olympics in Pekin.
All of her double gold medals were won with her older sister Venus as her partner.
At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Serena Williams lost in the third round of singles to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, while the siblings lost in the first round of the doubles. Before that, they played the Olympic doubles team with a score of 15: 0.
“I made the Olympic decision for many reasons,” Williams said Sunday, the day before the start of the Wimbledon main draw, where she will attempt to claim her 24th Grand Slam singles title. “I really don’t want – I don’t want to go into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”
When asked what the summer break would be like, Williams replied, “I didn’t think about it. It was a great place for me in the past. I haven’t really thought about it, so I won’t think about it anymore. “
Other top tennis players, such as Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, have also said they will skip a trip to Japan, where the Olympics open on July 23, a year after they were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Roger Federer said on Saturday that he has not yet decided whether to participate in the Tokyo Games and will find out after seeing how things are going at Wimbledon.