"I know that deep in my heart, this is the right decision to make for myself," the Canadian tennis player said.
On Monday, July 12, Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu announced on social media that she won't be playing in the Tokyo Olympics as planned.
Andreescu's letter-style post was addressed to her "amazing fans." She began by saying "I would like to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics later this month."
She noted that she's been dreaming of representing Canada at the Olympics since she was little, though "with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic," she's decided to bow out.
The athlete said that she feels this is the right decision for herself and added that she is looking forward to "representing Canada in future Fed Cup ties, and competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris!"
Bianca Andreescu is from Mississauga, Ontario, and she was the first-ever tennis player to be named Canada's top athlete. Reactions appear to be mixed in the comments on her post, though there are countless messages of love and support.
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