Aryna Sabalenka will miss Paris Olympics over tennis schedule concerns: 'It's too much'


Aryna Sabalenka will miss the Paris Olympics, saying the demanding tennis calendar and schedule is “too much.”

Speaking to the press at the Ecotrans Ladies Open in Berlin, reporter Jonathan Crane of DW in Berlin asked the world No 3 about the challenge of switching not just from clay to grass — as always happens between the French Open and Wimbledon — but then back to clay, with the Olympic tennis tournament taking place on the clay courts of Roland Garros from July 27.

In response to the question, Sabalenka said that she is “not gonna play (at the) Olympics,” explaining that she had to sacrifice something ahead of a packed summer schedule.

Sabalenka, who is a two-time Grand Slam champion having won the Australian Open in 2023 and 2024, struggled with stomach issues during her French Open quarterfinal against Mirra Andreeva, losing 7-6 (5) 4-6, 4-6, and the Belarusian said those problems had also influenced her decision. She also cited the new WTA rules for 2024, in which all 10 Masters 1000 tournaments (those one level below a Grand Slam tournament) are mandatory.

Sabalenka joins Britain’s Emma Raducanu in deciding to turn down the opportunity to appear at the Games in favour of focussing on her training and development. The 26-year-old has already been forced to make sizeable adjustments to her game while competing in tournaments in recent years, working with her team to completely remodel her serve in the summer of 2022 after a long period of struggling with double faults.

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She will remain in the mix for the Wimbledon title when the tournament begins on July 1, moving on to hard courts — her preferred surface — for the American and Canadian swing that follows the London tournament.

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