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2016 tennis gold medallist Monica Puig to overlook Summer season Video games-Sports activities Information , Joyful Easterday

Puig was unseeded on the Rio Olympics, however capped a run of upsets by beating three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber within the singles closing.

Monica Puig turned Puerto Rico’s first feminine medallist on the 2016 Rio Olympics. AP

Reigning Olympic tennis gold medallist Monica Puig will miss the Tokyo Video games and the remainder of the season after having surgical procedure on her proper shoulder.

Puig, who turned the primary athlete to win gold for Puerto Rico in any sport at an Olympics together with her triumph on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games, introduced in a video message  posted on her Instagram account Sunday that she had a second operation to restore her rotator cuff and biceps tendon.

She stated the process was “a few week in the past.”

“It was with a heavy coronary heart that I took this choice. Clearly my crew and I are considering long run and prolonging my profession for as a few years as doable and hoping to play within the Paris 2024 Olympics. And that was one of many causes that led to this choice,” Puig stated. “The second cause 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 towards 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani. That was Puig’s fourth loss in a row, together with a first-round exit on the US 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 closing. That made Puig the primary lady representing Puerto Rico to win an Olympic medal of any color.

Shortly after that triumph, Puig rose to a career-high twenty seventh within the WTA rankings. She is at the moment 168th.

Puig’s greatest displaying at a serious match 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 crew, 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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Updated: June 7, 2021 — 7:29 am

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