Aryna Sabalenka Withdraws from Paris Olympics due to WTA Scheduling Issues

Aryna Sabalenka Withdraws from Paris Olympics due to WTA Scheduling Issues

Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka is not taking part in the Olympic Games in Paris. The world number three revealed this on Monday at the tennis tournament in Berlin.

“It’s just bad planning by the WTA. After the Olympics, we have to fly straight to Canada for a mandatory tournament. That’s so much pressure and it affects your health. Unfortunately, I have to sacrifice a tournament and at this stage of my career, it’s the Games,” said Sabalenka.

“This is just too much”

There are events for men and women that they must take part in. These include the so-called Masters 1000 tournaments – the second highest category after the Grand Slams. Such a tournament for the women takes place directly after the Olympics in North America.

“It’s just too much. Now we’re playing on grass, at the Olympics on sand, in Canada on hard courts. It’s so crazy and it’s damaging our health,” the Belarusian continued to criticise.

The fact that she would have had to compete under a neutral flag at the Olympic Games in France was no reason for the cancellation, explained the 26-year-old. Due to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Russians and Belarusians are only allowed to compete in Paris under a neutral flag. Their national anthem will not be played, and national symbols and flags are also prohibited for them. Teams remain completely locked out.

2024-06-17 13:13:18
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