If it comes down to it, Serena Williams’ daughter might be the key to whether she makes the trek to Tokyo for the Olympics this summer.
Williams said Monday at the Italian Open that she, like many other athletes around the globe, is still undecided about participating in the rescheduled Games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
But if Olympia, her 3-year-old daughter, can’t join her in Japan, there may not be much to decide.
“I haven’t spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself,” Williams said, via The Washington Post. “We’re best friends.”
Japan is in the midst of a new coronavirus surge, and a big chunk of the country is under a state of emergency through the end of the month. canceled his trip to the country on Monday due to the pandemic, and the . Naomi Osaka has at all, too.
It’s unclear if Williams will be allowed to bring Olympia to Japan or not. Fans from foreign countries are not allowed to attend, and the country has closed its borders to more than 150 nations.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist still has about a month to decide whether or not to compete. A big part of it, she said, could be related to Wimbledon — which is scheduled to end just two weeks before the Olympic competition begins. The Games then will end less than a month before the U.S. Open.
“Then there is the Grand Slams. It’s just a lot. So I have really been taking it one day at a time to a fault, and I definitely need to figure out my next moves.”
Rafael Nadal also uncertain about Olympics
Like Williams, Rafael Nadal is also undecided about his future plans.
Nadal, 34, has two gold medals to his name already, having won a singles gold medal in Beijing in 2008 and a doubles gold medal in 2016.
Though he’s already going at the Italian Open and will head to the French Open later this month, Nadal hasn’t committed to a trip to Tokyo just yet.
“I normally know my schedule almost 100% since 1st of January till the end of the season. This year is something a little bit different, no? We need to be flexible. We need to adapt about the things that are happening. Let’s see. I don’t know. I can’t give you an accurate answer. Sorry.”
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