Reigning Olympic champion Monica Puig to overlook Tokyo Olympics

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Reigning Olympic tennis gold medalist Monica Puig will miss the Tokyo Video games and the remainder of the season after having surgical procedure on her proper shoulder.

Puig, who grew to become the primary athlete to win gold for Puerto Rico in any sport at an Olympics together with her triumph on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games, introduced in a video message posted on her Instagram account Sunday that she had a second operation to restore her rotator cuff and biceps tendon.

She mentioned the process was “a few week in the past.”

“It was with a heavy coronary heart that I took this determination. Clearly my crew and I are considering long run and prolonging my profession for as a few years as doable and hoping to play within the Paris 2024 Olympics. And that was one of many causes that led to this determination,” Puig mentioned. “The second purpose was clearly that no one likes to play with ache, and the ache was simply too insufferable to spend greater than 10 minutes on the courtroom. And that’s one thing that I struggled with as I began my return to the tennis courts.”

The 27-year-old Puig has not competed on tour since a first-round loss at Roland Garros final October towards 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani. That was Puig’s fourth loss in a row, together with a first-round exit on the U.S. Open in September, too.

Puig additionally had surgical procedure on her proper elbow in December 2019.

She was unseeded on the Rio Olympics, however capped a run of upsets by beating three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 6-Four, Four-6, 6-1 within the singles ultimate. That made Puig the primary lady representing Puerto Rico to win an Olympic medal of any colour.

Shortly after that triumph, Puig rose to a career-high 27th within the WTA rankings. She is at present 168th.

Puig’s finest displaying at a significant event was making it to the fourth spherical of Wimbledon as a youngster in 2013. She’s by no means been previous the third spherical in 27 different Slam appearances.

She mentioned she plans to return to motion subsequent 12 months.

“It hasn’t been simple on me and my crew, as nicely. … We’re already wanting ahead to the subsequent step,” Puig mentioned, “which is the rehab course of, which is able to start in a few weeks.”

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