Angelique Kerber decides to step away from the Tokyo Games
Despite winning the silver medal back in the Rio Games, Angelique Kerber is stepping away from the Tokyo Games to rest her tired body. She reached the semis at Wimbledon where she lost to champ Ashleigh Barty which took a toll on her body.
In the past two Games, Kerber was a big part of Germany’s team. At 33 years of age, it should be understood that Kerber had to step away from the game for a while for her body to get better due to the hectic schedule she’s played so far in 2021.
She is just the latest name to pull out of the Games because British star Dan Evans had to also step away from the tournament. Kerber announced her exit from the Games on her social media.
Kerber said, ‘The thought of participating at the Games has been a constant motivation for me over the past months to push further and keep believing in my goals’. She went on to say Germany has given her so much motivation over the years but it’s time to prioritize her body.
Tennis is one of the most intense sports and the number of players stepping away from the game is worrying. That should be easy to know since this sport forces players to put their bodies on the line.
She is just the latest on a long list of stars who have stepped away with the likes of Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem, and many more. She has cited rest is big for the rest of her career. Since she is 33 years of age, it is obvious that Kerber is worried about her health due to her ageing body.
She said, ‘London 2012 and Rio 2016 as part of the German team has always been one of my favourite memories. That makes it even more disappointing for me to accept the fact that my body needs rest after the intense few weeks that lie behind me and that I have to recover first before returning to competition later this summer’.
It will be fun to see how Kerber will perform when she comes back since she has a good chance to win in the future.
Words: Cholo Martin