Former silver medallist says American’s ‘will regret it for the rest of their lives’ after Olympic withdrawals

Olympic withdrawals

A former US Olympic silver medallist has expressed that American players “will regret it for the rest of their lives” after notable athletes like Frances Tiafoe and Madison Keys confirmed they will miss the Paris Games.

The men’s singles lineup features Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Chris Eubanks, and Marcos Giron, with Frances Tiafoe, Ben Shelton, and Sebastian Korda all opting out. Madison Keys, a former US Open finalist, is the most prominent absentee from the women’s singles entries, which include Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Danielle Collins, and Emma Navarro.

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Tim Mayotte, who won a silver medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, shared his sentiments on social media after the US lineup for Paris 2024 was announced. “Unless they win Wimbledon and/or the US Open, they will regret it for the rest of their lives,” Mayotte stated.

Tiafoe, Shelton, Korda, and Keys are not the only top players skipping the Paris Olympics. Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur, and Emma Raducanu also announced their withdrawal, citing the quick surface change. Other players who have withdrawn include Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov, Liudmila Samsonova, and Elise Mertens.

The challenging transition between grass, clay, and hard surfaces in a short period, especially for players with prior injuries, has been a significant factor in their decision to pull out.

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