Bencic pulls out of Rio Games

"Although I have recovered from the wrist injury that I sustained at Wimbledon, I am behind in my training schedule and therefore not completely ready to take part in Rio.

Belinda Bencic injured her wrist at Wimbledon.   -  Getty Images

Belinda Bencic announced on Wednesday that she wouldn't take part in the upcoming Rio Olympics, joining a list of players who have pulled out of the event that starts in August.

The 19-year-old put up a statement on Twitter, saying that she will use the break to prepare for the hard court season.





"It is with a heavy heart that I have to withdraw from this year's Olympics," World No. 16 Bencic wrote on Twitter.

"Although I have recovered from the wrist injury that I sustained at Wimbledon, I am behind in my training schedule and therefore not completely ready to take part in Rio.

"I will be using the next few weeks to fully prepare with my coach Melanie Molitor for Cincinnati, New Haven and the US Open."

On Tuesday, 17-time Grand Slam title winner Federer pulled out of Rio and called time on his 2016 season as he recovers from a knee injury.

Also out of the Olympics, which start on August 5, are Maria Sharapova, who is serving a doping suspension, fellow former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka — who is pregnant — Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep.

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