Denis Shapovalov, Richard Gasquet, and Adrian Mannarinio Join Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in Tokyo Olympics 2021 Withdrawal List

Published 06/21/2021, 1:24 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in action during his third round match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


The situation for men’s tennis at Tokyo Olympics this year is turning worse with each passing day as players decided to continue on the ATP tour and skip the prestigious event.

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With Rafael Nadal already announcing his decision to skip Olympics, other players like Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils have decided to pull out of Summer Olympics recently.

The latest to join the list is the young Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Even though Shapovalov stated that he will be withdrawing from Olympics a couple of days before, an official confirmation came from him moments ago, on twitter.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in action during his third round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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Denis Shapovalov joins the long list of player withdrawals from Tokyo Olympics

Hey everyone, after careful consideration I wanted to let you know that I will not be participating in the Olympics this year. Representing Canada means the world to me, but due to the current situation my team and I have decided this is the best decision for everyone’s safety”, Shapovalov wrote on twitter.

Along with Shapovalov, French players Richard Gasquet and Adrian Mannarino have also expressed their intention to skip the Olympics amidst scheduling and safety concerns. Fellow countryman Benoit Paire, wasn’t allowed to participate in Tokyo due to disciplinary reasons.

Due to the withdrawal of Gasquet and Mannarino, players like Jeremy Chardy and Gilles Simon will have an opportunity to represent France at the Olympics, along with Ugo Humbert, Nicolas Mahut, and Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

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Not only from France, the Olympic withdrawals continue from America too as John Isner and Reilly Opelka chose to stay away from the event. Other players like Grigor Dimitrov, Casper Ruud, Dusan Lajovic, etc were also doubtful to participate in Tokyo.

However, the entry list of players still have the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, etc. Juan Martin del Potro, who is recovering from two knee surgeries, announced that he will give his best to be fit for the Tokyo Olympics.

Despite multiple exits, the singles draw at Olympics will have the right mix of experienced campaigners along with youngsters who will enjoy the honor of representing their nation for the first time.

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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