Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka withdraws from the Paris 2024 Olympics

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka withdraws from the Paris 2024 Olympics

Victorious at the Australian Open in January, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (26) announced that she was giving up the Paris Olympic Games this summer (July 27 – August 4) to “preserve her health”. The world number 3 announced it this Monday on the sidelines of the WTA 500 tournament in Berlin.

At Roland Garros, Sabalenka was eliminated by Russian Mirra Andreeva, 17, in the quarter-finals. She had been weakened by stomach aches. “With all the difficulties I have encountered in recent months, I think I need to take care of my health,” she said. I prefer to rest a little to make sure I’m physically ready for the hard courts. »

Rublev and Khachanov also absent

On Saturday, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation announced that Andrey Rublev (6th in the world) and Karen Khachanov (22nd) would not participate in the Olympics either. Both men were medalists in 2021 in Tokyo: Rublev won gold in mixed doubles with his compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Khachanov silver in singles after his final lost to Alexander Zverev. The Russian Liudmila Samsonova, 15th in the world, will not go to Paris either.

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