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Kerber, Azarenka opt out of Tokyo Olympics

Multiple Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka are the latest WTA players to withdraw from this month’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Kerber, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, cites tiredness as the reason for her decision to skip the event. The German said in her announcement: “My body needs to rest after the intense few weeks that lie behind me and I have to recover first before returning to competition later this summer.”

Difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic are the reason for Azarenka’s withdrawal.