Another tennis star backed down, and Andreescu won’t be there either
Canadian Grand Slam winner Bianca Andreescu will not start the Tokyo Olympics from Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic, MTI reports.
|Bianca Andreescu will also not be there in Tokyo (Photo: AFP)|
The fifth North American player in the rankings is the most recent in a row of stars to have fallen behind in games: Previous Rafael NadalAnd the Dominic TimAnd the Stan WawrinkaAnd the Nick KyrgiosAnd the Serena Williams And the Simona Halep Resigned.
“I’ve been dreaming of representing Canada at the Olympics since I was a little girl. But due to the challenges of the pandemic, I feel in my heart that this is the right decision now.” She wrote on Instagram at the age of 21 Andreescu, who won the US Open in 2019, making him one of the first GS champions in Canadian history.
His compatriot reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon Denis Shapovalov He previously announced that he would not be taking on a career in Tokyo.
Belgium’s David Goffin, who finished 20th in the men’s world rankings, said on Tuesday he would not travel to the Japanese capital because he had not yet recovered from an ankle injury.
“There is very little time left as the Olympic Tennis Championships will start next Saturday. I was training again a week ago, but I haven’t picked up my racket yet.” Said Goffin, who wanted to compete in Tokyo despite the pandemic and a closed goalkeeping settlement, after saying goodbye to the five-ring matches in the first round in 2012 and the eighth final in 2016.
The Belgian player was injured in Halle in mid-June: he sustained a small fracture in one of his ankles and a torn ligament. Goffin plans to return to the field in the United States in August.