Tokyo Olympics: Simona Halep joins long-list of pulls outs, will not compete at games due to injury

Tokyo Olympics withdrawal list: Simona Halep joined Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal in skipping the Tokyo Olympics. The world number three is the latest big-name tennis play to pull out from the Tokyo Olympics. The Romanian star said she would not recover from a calf injury in time to participate in the quadrennial event.

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Tokyo Olympics withdrawal list: Halep, who also pulled out of Wimbledon last week, joins 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, men’s world No.3 Rafa Nadal and last year’s U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem in skipping the Tokyo Games, which begin on July 23.

“Nothing brings me more pride than representing Romania, but sadly the recovery from my calf injury requires more time and I have made the decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games this summer,” Halep tweeted on Monday.

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In May, the 29-year-old exited a claycourt event in Rome after picking up the injury during her second-round match against Angelique Kerber and was subsequently forced to miss the French Open.

After the disappointment of missing the French Open and Wimbledon having to skip the Olympics is incredibly tough to digest, but I am determined to come back stronger,” she added.

Tokyo Olympics withdrawal list: Halep suffered an opening-round loss at the London Olympics in 2012 and skipped the 2016 Rio Games due to concerns over the Zika virus.

The tennis tournament in Tokyo runs from July 24 to August 1 and Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are among the other players to have withdrawn from the event.

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Halep spoke after winning Wimbledon in 2019 about her desire to add an Olympic medal to her CV.
“I want to win any medal in the Olympics to fulfil everything I have done in tennis,” she said.
Tokyo Olympics withdrawal list: “It is a chance to play for my country and I have always loved to do that. The disappointment from [losing in Fed Cup in 2019] really hurt me so to play well to get a medal, it would be a dream.”