Olympic tennis champion Puig misses Tokyo Olympics


Rio 2016 Olympic champion tennis star Monica Puig will miss the Tokyo Olympics due to shoulder surgery. Puig, 27, has been sidelined for months. In a video on Instagram, the tennis star from Puerto Rico announced that she recently had another operation on her right shoulder.

“That’s why I have to skip the Tokyo Games,” said Puig, with her arm in a sling. “It was a very difficult and tough decision. But I also have to think about the future and I want to continue my career as long as possible. I hope to participate in the Paris Games in 2024.”

Puig, who dropped to place 168 in the world ranking, last year played at Roland Garros. She was then knocked out in the first round, just like a few weeks before at the US Open.

Puig won her country’s first gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. She defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the final in Rio in three sets (6-4 4-6 6-1). The Puerto Rican has only won one WTA title in her career, in 2014 in Strasbourg.

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Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.

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