LONDON: World number three Simona Halep has become the latest big-name tennis player to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics after the Romanian said she would not recover from a calf injury in time. Halep, who also pulled out of Wimbledon last week, joins Serena Williams, Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem in skipping the Tokyo Games.
"Nothing brings me more pride than representing Romania, but sadly the recovery from my calf injury requires more time and I have made the decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games this summer," Halep said on Twitter.
In May, the 29-year-old exited a claycourt event in Rome after picking up the injury during her second-round match against Angelique Kerber and was subsequently forced to miss the French Open. Agencies