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Canada’s Bianca Andreescu not going to Tokyo Olympics

Sep 7, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts after her match against Serena Williams of the United States (not pictured) in the women s final on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts after her match against Serena Williams of the United States (not pictured) in the women s final on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Former U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu will not represent Canada at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The 21-year-old Andreescu, ranked No. 5 in the world, made the announcement Monday on Instagram.

“I would like to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics later this month,” Andreescu wrote. “I have been dreaming of representing Canada at the Olympics since I was a little girl, but with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart, this is the right decision to make for myself.

“I look forward to representing Canada in future Fed Cup ties, and competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris!”

Andreescu, who was the No. 5 seed, is coming off a first-round upset at Wimbledon by Alize Cornet of France.

Andreescu has won three singles titles on the WTA Tour, including the 2019 U.S. Open for her only Grand Slam title.

Other tennis stars who are skipping the Summer Games in Japan include Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

–Field Level Media