While most players are now on their planes or at least stuck at airports, a number of WTA names are not going to the Rio Olympics, for a variety of reasons that our new contributor Fiona Sand will sum up in this post.
Simona Halep pulled out of the Olympics due to the her concerns about the Zika virus. The Romanian posted this statement on her Facebook account, highlighting a worry the virus could endanger her future of becoming a mother:
Regret să vă anunț că am decis că nu voi participa la Jocurile Olimpice de la Rio. Motivul deciziei mele este…
Karolina Pliskova pulled out due to her concerns about Zika.
Belinda Bencic stated that due to her wrist injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon, she is behind on her training schedule.
— Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) July 27, 2016
Francesca Schiavone received a wildcard to go to Rio but refused it, saying that at this stage of her career, she need to focus on personal projects.
Victoria Azarenka is not playing either as she is pregnant.
I have some news for you all ☺️ pic.twitter.com/64Kf90tZF6
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) July 15, 2016
Maria Sharapova is serving her two-year ban from the tennis circuit.
The latest withdrawal is that of Dominika Cibulkova, who will have to miss the big event due to a left leg injury she picked up at the Rogers Cup last week.
So we have a plethora of reasons: Zika virus, pregnancy, doping ban, personal issues, and injuries.