Mulitple stars from the world of Tennis will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics.
Here is the complete list of those who miss and their reasons:
World No 3 Simona Halep - The Romanian was forced out due to a calf injury after pulling out of Roland-Garros and Wimbledon due to the same.
World No 5 Bianca Andreescu - She pulled out “With all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart, this is the right decision to make for myself.”
World No 6 Sofia Kenin - She said she will not take part in the Summer Games.
World No 14 Victoria Azarenka - She opted out “with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know in my heart that this is the right decision for myself and team. I look forward to returning to the 2024 Olympics in Paris to represent Belarus.”
World No 16 Serena Williams - She decided not to play in the Olympics at Wimbledon and later was injured at the tournament.
World No 22 Angelique Kerber - She pulled out saying that her “body needs after the intense few weeks that lie behind” her.
Word No 25 Coco Gauff- The 17-year-old American pulled out due to a positive Covid-19 test.
World No 27 Madison Keys - She would have qualified based on the withdrawals of Kenin and Williams, but has elected not to participate.
World No 31 Daria Kasatkina - She said she doesn’t want to take the Covid risk in a very complicated year, schedule-wise for players.
World No 32 Petra Martic - She was one of the first to announce that she wouldn’t be playing.
World No 37 Sorana Cirstea - She also chose not to participate.
World No 38 Johanna Konta - She tested positive for Covid-19 and pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics without enough time to recover.
World No 56 Jil Teichmann - She reasoned the pandemic and injury woes have caused her to decide against playing.
World No 3 Rafael Nadal - He chose to start his hard court season at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. rather than play the Olympics.
World No 6 Dominic Thiem - He is currently out with a wrist injury, had already planned to skip the Olympics before he hurt his wrist playing at the Mallorca Open.
World No 8 Matteo Berrettini - He announced that a pulled muscle will keep him out of the Olympics.
World No 9 Roger Federer - He pulled out due to “a setback with my knee".
World No 10 Denis Shapovalov - He said not competing is the “best decision for everyone’s safety".
World No 14 Roberto Bautista Agut - He elected to skip Tokyo this year.
World No 16 Casper Ruud - He hopes to compete at the Olympics someday, but not in 2021.
World No 17 Alex de Minaur - He tested positive for Covid-19.
World No 18 Cristian Garin - He said he didn’t want to compete with the pandemic diminishing the spirit of the games.
World No 20 David Goffin - He is dealing with an ankle injury and he won’t be ready to compete.
World No 21 Grigor Dimitrov - He cited a difficult year and the need to rest his body.
World No 22 Milos Raonic - He will miss due to injuries.
World No 23 Jannik Sinner - He elected to skip the Olympics because he wants to focus on the growth of his game.
World No 28 Dan Evans - He tested positive for Covid-19.
World No 30 Stan Wawrinka - He is injured and will keep him off the tour for a while.
World No 32 Cameron Norrie - He chose not to play in the Olympics. He is on the schedule for Atlanta, which takes place on the same week.
World No 33 Reilly Opelka - He will be focusing on hardcourt tennis in the United States.
World No 34 Borna Coric - He underwent shoulder surgery in mid-May.
World No 34 John Isner - He announced in March that he would not be competing in Tokyo.
World No 40 Taylor Fritz - He opted to play Los Cabos and Atlanta over the next two weeks.
World No 42 Adrian Mannarino - He had pulled out long before he injured himself against Roger Federer in the first round at Wimbledon.
World No 43 Dusan Lajovic - He declined to participate, saying “After discussing with my team, we made the decision not to go to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2021.”
World No 44 Filip Krajinovic - He will rather play on the clay over the next few weeks in Europe.
World No 46 Sebastian Korda - He wants to manage his schedule and stay focused on tour events.
World No 47 Federico Delbonis - He decided to prioritise playing on the ATP Tour, due to the strict restrictions that will be put in place for athletes in Tokyo.
World No 50 Lloyd Harris - He said, “I believe life on tour in the time of Covid-19 is taking its toll on a number of players. It is not practical".
World No 51 Benoit Paire - He has been prohibited from competing by the French Federation due to erratic behaviour.
World No 54 Richard Gasquet - He missed elected not to travel to Tokyo.
World No 58 Nick Kyrgios - He said “It’s a decision I don’t take lightly. And I know I may never get that opportunity again. But I also know myself. The thought of playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t sit right with me. It never has.”
World No 61 Vasek Pospisil - He said several factors led him to his decision, including an aggravated right shoulder.
World No 75 Guido Pella - He cited scheduling difficulties.