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Canada's Andreescu makes 'difficult decision' to skip out on Tokyo Olympics

Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts with the winner's trophy and a Canadian flag after defeating Serena Williams of the United States during Rogers Cup tennis finals tournament action in Toronto on Sunday, August 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Bianca Andreescu has made the “very difficult decision” to skip out on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, the Canadian tennis star announced via Instagram on Monday.

The world No. 5 was previously expected to join fellow Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime, Vasek Pospisil, Leylah Fernandez, Gabriela Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman at the games.

“I would like to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics later this month. I have been dreaming of representing Canada at the Olympics since I was a little girl, but with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart this is the right decision to make for myself,” wrote Andreescu.

“I look forward to representing Canada in future Fed Cup ties, and competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.”