PARIS (AFP) – AngÃ©lique Kerber has become the latest star to retire from Olympic tennis in Tokyo, saying Thursday (July 15) “my body needs rest”.
âThe idea of ââcompeting in the Olympics has been a constant motivation for me over the past few months,â wrote Kerber, who is the highest ranked German at world number. 22.
Kerber, 33, won silver in women’s singles at the last Olympics in Rio, losing to Monica Puig in straight sets in the final. She reached the quarter-finals in 2012 in London.
âLondon 2012 and Rio 2016 in the German team have always been one of my favorite memories,â she wrote on Twitter.
“It’s even more disappointing for me to come to terms with the fact that my body needs rest after the intense few weeks behind me and that I have to recover first before returning to competition later this summer!” Kerber wrote.
She won the turf event in Bad Homburg on June 26, then reached the semi-final at Wimbledon before losing to eventual champion Ashleigh Barty.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem have all retired from Olympic tennis, while new Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic put his chances of playing in Tokyo to “50/50”.
Dan Evans, the top-ranked Briton, withdrew on Wednesday after testing positive for Covid-19.