Canada’s Denis Shapovalov Withdraws from Tokyo Olympics 2020


Canadian Tennis Star and 12th Seed Denis Shapovalov have decided to withdraw from the Summer Olympics at Tokyo that was scheduled to take place from 23rd July to 1st August 2021. Shapovalov took to Twitter to announce his decision. The tennis legend stated the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as the reason for his pulling out.

Shapovalov stated that representing Canada means the world to him but due to the ongoing circumstances his team has decided not to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. The decision taken by him is in respect of everyone’s safety. Shapovalov also states that he is eager to represent Canada at future Olympics.

Shapovalov was in excellent form in the current season. He had qualified for the quarterfinals of the US Open last year. Shapovalov also reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon Tuned up Queen’s Club tournament in London that ended on Sunday. Unfortunately, he had pulled out from the French Open due to a shoulder injury at the Geneva Final.


Shapovalov is the third player to opt-out of the Tokyo Olympics. Earlier, Spanish Tennis Star and top seed Rafael Nadal had decided to pull out from the Tokyo Olympics as well as the Wimbledon Championship. Rafael Nadal has historically won the grand slam titles twenty times in his career. Austria’s top seed Dominic Thiem has also announced that he won’t participate in the Tokyo Olympics.

Nadal has decided to skip the Summer Olympics as well as Wimbledon in order to focus on taking care of his body and mental health for a prolonged career. Thiem has decided to pull out to of the Olympics to put all his focus and energy on defending his US Open title at the US Open scheduled at New Year in November 2021,

Japanese Tennis Star and World. No. 2 Naomi Osaka has also announced that she won’t take part in Wimbledon but participate in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, 2021.

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