Tennis: Stan Wawrinka pulls out of Rio 2016 Olympics

World number four Stan Wawrinka will not be able to represent Switzerland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The Swiss player had problems with injuries all season, and last week at the Rogers Cup in Canada he aggravated a back injury that will prevent him from playing at the Olympic tournament. Five of the world's top 10 players will not take part in Rio as Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem have already pulled out.

Rafael Nadal has confirmed his participation though, despite a wrist injury. The Spaniard has not played since the French Open in May, but he will take part in all three events in Rio: singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Switzerland won't be able to field their two best players as Federer has also withdrawn with a knee injury, but they do have two players in the women's tournament: veteran Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky.

Raonic and Berdych were fit to play at the Olympics, but decided to pull out due to their fear of being contaminated with the Zika virus. "It's unfortunate with Roger and Stan," 2012 gold medallist Andy Murray said. "They're two guys that are both great players and capable of winning events like this, so it's a shame that they aren't here."

Novak Djokovic is 4/6 at SkyBet to win the men's singles Olympic gold in Rio, while Andy Murray is 5/2 to win the tournament.

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  • Montenegro scepan7


    I am so sad about this. Stan is a great player and without him tennis tournament will not be same. Without him Switserland is not strong on this competition. Djokovic have a chance to won a title.

  • Slovenia mannixx


    Is sad Wawrinka will miss the tournement and maybe even Nadal will miss it to. But still there will be a lot of great players onthe tournement so it wont be easy medal for anyone. Nishikori, Murray, Djokovic, Tsonga, Monfils, Cilic and Del Potro is back so will be still a good tournement.

  • Montenegro savadj92


    My prediciton final is Djokovic vs Murray. And I think its gonna be easy for this two players to get final game. Beacuse without Roger,Berdih,Milos Raonic, Thiem and now Stan, tournament is not so good.

  • Serbia muzejpri


    Just wanted to say this what savadj92 said. Pretty much all top class players except Djokovic, Murray and Nadal, who is playing injured, already canceled their invitation for this years Olympics in Rio. Sad, since there wont be some high level matches in early stages of the tournament. But on the other side, it is cool for us Serbians, since we shouldnt be stressing before semi finals, and earn urselfs some medal in Rio 2016 :P

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