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
She stated the process was “a couple of week in the past.”
“It was with a heavy coronary heart that I took this determination. Clearly my staff and I are considering long run and prolonging my profession for as a few years as attainable and hoping to play within the Paris 2024 Olympics. And that was one of many causes that led to this determination,” Puig stated. “The second motive 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 court docket. 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 in opposition to 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 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 within the singles ultimate. That made Puig the primary girl representing Puerto Rico to win an Olympic medal of any shade.
Shortly after that triumph, Puig rose to a career-high twenty seventh within the WTA rankings. She is at present 168th.
Puig’s greatest exhibiting at a serious 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 stated she plans to return to motion subsequent yr.
“It hasn’t been straightforward on me and my staff, as nicely. … We’re already trying ahead to the following step,” Puig stated, “which is the rehab course of, which can start in a few weeks.”
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