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Shapovalov pulls out of Olympics amid high virus cases, low vaccination rate in Tokyo

Denis Shapovalov announced Monday he won't compete for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics, with the 22-year-old saying in a Twitter post he made the decision for safety reasons "due to the current situation."

Top-ranked Canadian withdrew from French Open in May with shoulder issue

Canada's Denis Shapovalov says in a Twitter post he made the decision to pull out of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics for safety reasons "due to the current situation" amid the high number of COVID-19 cases and low vaccination rate in Japan. (Marijan Murat/via AP/CanadianPress)

Denis Shapovalov says he won't compete for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 22-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., said in a Twitter post he made the decision for safety reasons "due to the current situation."

Opposition within Japan to holding the Games has been high as the country has been dealing with a high number of COVID-19 cases and a low vaccination rate.

Shapovalov is the top-ranked Canadian on the ATP Tour at No. 12.

He withdrew from the French Open at the end of May, saying on social media that his shoulder had been bothering him and he needed to rest.

Shapovalov advanced to the semifinals of the Queen's Club tournament on the weekend in London, where he lost to Britain's Cameron Norrie.

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Several other tennis stars have already pulled out of the Games, including Rafael Nadal, who said on Twitter last week that he is listening to his body and attempting to prolong his career.

Several top tennis players have passed on previous Olympics, which fall during a busy period in the sport's schedule.

Canada's Milos Raonic pulled out of the 2016 Rio Olympics, citing concerns about the Zika virus. He also won't play at Wimbledon later this month after suffering a "minor setback" in his recovery from a calf injury.

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