American tennis star Serena Williams, on Sunday, announces that she is skipping the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. “Yeah, I’m actually not on the Olympic list, so… Not that I’m aware of. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it,” Sky Sports quoted Williams in a media interaction ahead of the Wimbledon.
“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision. I don’t really want to – I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”
“I have not thought about it. In the past, it’s been a wonderful place for me. I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it,” Serena added.
The 39-year-old decision makes her the second player to skip the competition, joining fellow Grand Slam legend Rafael Nadal in withdrawing from the Games.
According to her, the decision was to keep her focus on that extra edge, to land that elusive 24th Grand Slam at The Championships.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion has made the last two finals at SW19, falling to Angelique Kerber (2018) and Simona Halep (2019).
23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich for the first time in her career in the first round at SW19. She can also reach 100 Wimbledon wins at the All England Club, should she advance to the third round.