Canada’s Shapovalov has decided not to compete at the Tokyo Olympics citing the risk of Coronavirus spread. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open on 23rd July 2021.
World no. 12 became the latest tennis ranked player to opt-out of the Olympics. Last week, Rafa Nadal and Austria’s Dominic Thiem also withdrew their names from the Olympics scheduled from 23rd July to 8th August 2021.
On Monday, Denis Shapovalov announced his withdrawal via Twitter. “Representing Canada means the world to me, but due to the current situation my team and I have decided this is the best decision for everyone’s safety.”
Hey everyone, after careful consideration I wanted to let you know that I will not be participating in the Olympics this year. Representing Canada means the world to me, but due to the current situation my team and I have decided this is the best decision for everyone’s safety. pic.twitter.com/aQD5n2kFS7
— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) June 21, 2021
22 year old, Shapovalov has age by his side and hence has more opportunities to represent Canada at future Olympics. Denis had opted out of French Open earlier this month due to a shoulder injury he suffered during the Geneva final.
All Eyes on Djokovic, Federer’s Decision
As many tennis stars are withdrawing from the Olympics, all eyes will be on Federer and Djokovic. Nadal has already opted out of Tokyo. Novak Djokovic has signaled that he will withdraw if games are held behind closed doors. While Federer has maintained his silence on his appearance in Tokyo. The world of tennis awaits their decision as this is predicted to be their final appearance at the Olympics.
More names are expected to withdraw citing the current worldwide situations. We will have to wait and see.