Tennis players have always described their calendar as very busy. They have just finished one tournament and are already traveling to debut in another. Many, however, also wish to represent their country in the Olympic Games. However, the Tokyo 2020 appointment, after a year of suspension due to the coronavirus, adds renowned absences seven days after its inauguration. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka or Angelique Kerber are some of the big names that will not attend.
Some due to injury, others due to rest, others by certain suspicion still with the Covid-19 in a country that continues to multiply its cases, or because of the bubbles to which they must be subjected or because they prioritize other tournaments for those dates, the situation of tennis Olympic in Tokyo is tricky.
Both in the men’s and women’s circuits, the casualties are renowned. Among the boys: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, Roberto Bautista, Juan Martín del Potro, Jannik Sinner, Cristian Garín, Gael Monfils, Casper Ruud, Grigor Dimitrov, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner, Richard Gasquet, Adrian Mannarino , Denis Shapovalov. Among the girls: Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Simona Halep or Sofia Kenin have already announced that they will not travel to Tokyo.
Others like Novak Djokovic, they still have it in doubt. I’ll have to think about it. My plan was always to go to the Olympics, but right now I’m a bit divided. I am 50-50 from what I heard the last few days about the public, “admitted the Serbian after winning Wimbledon last Sunday.