David Goffin Joins Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, and Serena Williams to Withdraw From the Tokyo Olympics

World No.20 David Goffin is the most recent to hitch the checklist of prime gamers who’ve withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The Belgian had suffered an ankle damage on the Halle Open final month which additionally compelled him to drag out of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

Throughout his first-round match in opposition to Corentin Moutet in Halle, Goffin slipped on a cut up step and strained his ankle badly. Reeling underneath grimacing ache, he withdrew from the match and subsequently from Wimbledon.

Belgium’s David Goffin in motion throughout his second spherical match Croatia’s Marin Cilic Pool through REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

David Goffin pulls out of Tokyo Olympics

Nonetheless, Goffin’s withdrawal from the Olympics, which begins in lower than two weeks, is a gigantic blow for the Belgium tennis contingent.

In a assertion, the 30-year-old talked about he actually deliberate to compete on the quadrennial worldwide occasion, nonetheless, the time window to get well from the damage was inadequate.

“I used to be decided to go there on a web site the place I had good outcomes and since it’s the Video games! However the time for a complete revalidation was manner too brief. Wanting ahead an excellent finish of season,” stated Goffin.

Having turned skilled in 2009, Goffin has participated within the earlier two Olympics Video games. On the 2012 London Video games, he misplaced within the first spherical of the lads’s singles to Juan Monaco whereas, on the 2016 Rio Video games, he defeated Sam Groth and Dudi Sela earlier than unexpectedly shedding to Thomaz Bellucci within the third spherical.

Belgium’s David Goffin returns volley throughout a coaching session forward of the Davis Cup closing between Belgium and Britain at Flanders Expo corridor in Ghent, Belgium, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Over the previous couple of weeks, many top-ranked gamers together with Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Serena Williams, and Simona Halep have introduced their selections to skip the pandemic-delayed Olympics.

Australian tennis participant, Nick Kyrgios, has additionally pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, saying enjoying with out spectators “doesn’t really feel proper”. His determination got here simply hours earlier than Olympics organizers banned all crowds from the Video games proudly owning to the continued state of emergency due to coronavirus pandemic.

Thus, a mix of things has resulted within the Olympics subject changing into lackluster. Nonetheless, it will increase the probabilities of lower-ranked gamers to safe the coveted Olympic medal.

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