Jun 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Serena Williams won't compete at Tokyo Olympics

Serena Williams.

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Serena Williams said Sunday that she will not be competing in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Williams has won four gold medals for the United States during past summer games, competing in both single and doubles tennis competitions.

  • Williams told reporters that "there’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision," but that she did not wish to get into specifics.
  • Other former Olympic tennis players, namely Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, have also announced they will not attend this summer's games.
  • The Tokyo Olympics have garnered sustained controversy with many criticizing the event as unsafe during a global pandemic.
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