David Goffin Joins Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, and Serena Williams to Withdraw From the Tokyo Olympics

Published 07/13/2021, 7:18 AM EDT
Belgium’s David Goffin in action during his first round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


World No.20 David Goffin is the latest to join the list of top players who have withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The Belgian had suffered an ankle injury at the Halle Open last month which also forced him to pull out of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

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During his first-round match against Corentin Moutet in Halle, Goffin slipped on a split step and strained his ankle badly. Reeling under grimacing pain, he withdrew from the match and subsequently from Wimbledon.

Belgium’s David Goffin in action during his second round match Croatia’s Marin Cilic Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

David Goffin pulls out of Tokyo Olympics

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However, Goffin’s withdrawal from the Olympics, which starts in less than two weeks, is an enormous blow for the Belgium tennis contingent.

In a statement, the 30-year-old mentioned he certainly planned to compete at the quadrennial international event, however, the time window to recover from the injury was insufficient.

“I was determined to go there on a site where I had good results and because it’s the Games! But the time for a total revalidation was way too short. Looking forward a great end of season,” said Goffin.

Having turned professional in 2009, Goffin has participated in the previous two Olympics Games. At the 2012 London Games, he lost in the first round of the men’s singles to Juan Monaco whereas, at the 2016 Rio Games, he defeated Sam Groth and Dudi Sela before unexpectedly losing to Thomaz Bellucci in the third round.

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Belgium’s David Goffin returns volley during a training session ahead of the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain at Flanders Expo hall in Ghent, Belgium, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Over the last few weeks, many top-ranked players including Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Serena Williams, and Simona Halep have announced their decisions to skip the pandemic-delayed Olympics.

Australian tennis player, Nick Kyrgios, has also pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, saying playing without spectators “doesn’t feel right”. His decision came just hours before Olympics organizers banned all crowds from the Games owning to the ongoing state of emergency because of coronavirus pandemic.

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Thus, a combination of factors has resulted in the Olympics field becoming lackluster. However, it would boost the chances of lower-ranked players to secure the coveted Olympic medal.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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