U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta is retired from tennis but said Tuesday that she reserves the right to return to compete in the Rio Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.
“Right now I’m taking some time for myself, and if the desire to play returns then I will always have time to go back on my decision,” Pennetta said, according to the report. “I’m not setting any time limits, whether I go to Rio or not depends on how I feel. At the top level, if you’re not in the mood to compete the younger players will walk all over you.”
Pennetta, 33 and a two-time Italian Olympian, reportedly said in September, after saying following winning the U.S. Open that she would retire, that there was a 10 percent chance she would play in the Rio Olympics.
In October, Pennetta reportedly said there was no chance she would play in the Rio Olympics.
Even if she does not play any WTA Tour events next year, Pennetta would still be eligible for the Olympics because she will have rankings points by the June cutoff date and has met the minimum Fed Cup representation rules.
Pennetta competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in singles and doubles with Francesca Schiavone, going no farther than the quarterfinals.
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