Tennis players Simona Halep and Stan Wawrinka to skip the Olympics

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Simona Halep of Romania has added the postponed 2020 Summer Games to the list of major tournaments she will miss due to the calf injury she suffered in May. Photo by Monika Graff / UPI | License photo

June 29 (UPI) – Romania’s Simona Halep and Swiss Stan Wawrinka have added their names to the list of tennis stars who will not be in Tokyo for the Summer Games, each announcing their withdrawal on Tuesday.

Halep announced its withdrawal on social networks. Wawrinka issued a statement through his manager in a press release.

Wawrinka and Halep join American Serena Williams, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Austrian Dominic Thiem and Canadian Denis Shapovalov as the last tennis players to skip the Tokyo Olympics.

Halep, the No.3 player in the WTA rankings, suffered a calf injury in May during a clay court event in Rome. The injury resulted in withdrawals from Roland Garros 2021 and Wimbledon 2021.

“Nothing brings me more pride than representing Romania, but unfortunately it takes longer to recover from my calf injury and I have made the decision to retire from the Olympics this summer,” Halep wrote on social networks.

“After the disappointment of missing Roland Garros and Wimbledon, having to skip the Olympics is incredibly hard to digest, but I am determined to come back stronger, I will watch and cheer on the Romanian athletes from home.”

Halep lost his first round match at the London 2012 Summer Games. She skipped the 2016 Summer Games over concerns about the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro.

Wawrinka won a gold in doubles alongside Roger Federer and lost in the second round of the singles tournament at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. He lost in the first round of the 2012 Summer Games and skipped the 2016 Summer Games with a back injury.

The No.30 player in the ATP rankings underwent left foot surgery earlier this year and will not be recovered in time to compete in Tokyo. Wawrinka hasn’t played since March.

The postponed 2020 Summer Games begin on July 23.

Simone Biles stands on the floor after winning the gold medal in the floor exercise at the Olympic arena of the Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch / UPI | License photo


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