Simona Halep, who had recently pulled out of the Wimbleson 2021, has now also withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics due to a calf injury.
Halep has now become another big-name tennis player to withdraw from the showpiece event after 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, men’s world No.3 Rafa Nadal and last year’s U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem.
Halep said that she would not recover from the calf injury in time, forcing her to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics, starting 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.
“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.
Earlier, Halep had also skipped the 2016 Rio Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus.