Undoubtedly, this Thursday was a day full of strong news in the world of tennis: with Wimbledon and the Olympic Games just around the corner, three stars and Top Ten announced their respective casualties for these tournaments: Rafael Nadal (3rd), Dominic Thiem (5th) and Naomi Osaka (2nd).
The Spaniard announced that he will not play any of the two great competitions that are coming. “It is a decision that is never easy to make. But after listening to my body and talking to my team, I understand that It is the right decision in order to extend my sports career and continue doing what makes me happy; compete at the highest level and keep fighting“, explained the Mallorcan.
Thiem, for his part, he will only be absent from the Tokyo Olympics and will be present at Wimbledon. “After talking to my team and analyzing the situation, I have made the very difficult decision not to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. For me, like all athletes, participating in the Olympic Games and representing my country is a great honor and that makes this decision even tougher. However, 2021 did not start as expected and I do not feel ready to play my best in Tokyo, “the Austrian explained on his social networks.
Finally, there is the case of the Japanese, who comes from not appearing in the second round of Roland Garros for personal reasons. Osaka made the decision not to play the third Grand Slam of the season at All England and his agent explained why: “He is taking personal time with friends and family. She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her audience“.