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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday July 15, 2021

Victoria Azarenka joins a growing list of players on the sidelines at the Tokyo Olympics. As of July 15, 16 Top-25 players (six women and 10 men) have already opted out of the tennis portion of the Tokyo Olympics, for various reasons. Azarenka announced her decision on Thursday via social media post.

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“I would like to inform everyone that I have made a difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics,” Azarenka wrote. “I have many amazing memories winning the gold while competing and representing Belarus in previous Games, but with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know in my heart that this is the right decision for myself and team. I look forward to returning to the 2024 Olympics in Paris to represent Belarus.”

Angelique Kerber and Vasek Pospisil also announced their decisions to opt out on Thursday. Below is our current list of qualified players that have elected not to play.

Olympics Tennis: Who Will be Missing?

No. 3 Simona Halep
No.5 Bianca Andreescu
No. 6 Sofia Kenin
No.14 Victoria Azarenka
No. 16 Serena Williams
No.22 Angelique Kerber
No. 27 Madison Keys
No.31 Daria Kasatkina
No.32 Petra Martic
No.37 Sorana Cirstea
No.38 Johanna Konta
No. 56 Jil Teichmann
No.96 Clara Tauson


No. 3 Rafael Nadal
No. 6 Dominic Thiem
No.9 Roger Federer
No. 10 Denis Shapovalov
No.14 Roberto Bautista Agut
No. 16 Casper Ruud
No. 18 Cristian Garin
No. 20 David Goffin (ankle)
No. 22 Milos Raonic
No. 23 Jannik Sinner
No.28 Dan Evans
No. 30 Stan Wawrinka
No. 33 Reilly Opelka
No. 34 John Isner
No. 42 Adrian Mannarino
No.43 Dusan Lajovic
No. 46 Sebastian Korda
No. 48 Federico Delbonis
No. 51 Benoit Paire
No.54 Richard Gasquet
No. 58 Nick Kyrgios
No. 61 Vasek Pospisil
No.75 Guido Pella


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