Curtains To A Golden Era! : Serena Williams Opts Out From Tokyo Olympics

End of an era! After winning 4 Olympic gold medals in the past, Serena Williams told reporters at the ongoing Wimbledon Championship, that she would not be competing at the upcoming Tokyo Games. Serena Williams, 39, revealed the shocking news that she won’t be competing at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. “I’m actually not on the Olympic list – not that I’m aware of. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it,” she said during a press conference at Wimbledon on June 27. “There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision. I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry,” she added while avoiding elaborating on her decision.

 

“I have not thought about it. In the past, the Olympics Games has been a wonderful place for me. I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it,” she said to a curious media. Serena has a legendary history in the Olympic games, winning four gold medals in the past. For Williams, the challenge in the past couple of years has been less physical and more mental. The quest for 24th Grand Slam is still evading ever since 2017 Australian Open and the birth of daughter Olympia. She’s made four finals and two semi-finals from 12 majors since then. Priorities have shifted from strict tennis to thinking about the family one of the reasons that led her to skip the Tokyo Olympics.

“I think for me, playing the way I played, helped my career. I don’t think I could have played as long if I had to play every week or a lot of, a lot of weeks. Everyone is really different. You really have to do what works for you. Also on the flip side, if you’re winning a lot, it’s often difficult to play as much because you’re playing a lot more matches,” she said when asked her reason for career longevity. The former world No. 1 in women’s singles tennis, Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era and second only to Margaret Court who holds 24 titles of the record. Noted for her unusual and colorful outfits on the court, Williams was always the center of attraction for media and fans.

Serena in recent years has become more involved in social change as her career has progressed, primarily using social media as a medium of expressing her views. In 2016 she posted her support of “ Black Lives Matter” on her Facebook page. With four Olympic gold medals between singles and doubles playing along with elder sister Venus Williams, Serena holds the record of maximum  Olympic gold medals in women’s tennis. And now with her decision to opt-out from Tokyo Olympics, it seems curtains to a golden era.

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