Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard weighed the risks of the Zika virus and security and decided to play in the Olympics.
“I didn’t want to be sitting at home watching the Olympics on TV,” she said Sunday, calling it a “hard decision.” “Also knowing I might have two or three Olympics in my career, I felt that the decision to go is the right one.”
Last week, the 22-year-old said she would make a “last-minute” decision on whether to play.
“It’s just unfortunate because it would be my first Games, and to have a problem like this [Zika] kind of dampening the excitement of, potentially, your first Olympic Games, it really sucks, to be honest,” Bouchard said then. “It’s something that I haven’t been thinking about. I’m just going to, like, wake up and make a decision.”
Bouchard reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open and the 2014 Wimbledon final. She struggled for much of 2015, then suffered a concussion slipping and falling in a locker room at the U.S. Open.
Bouchard is ranked No. 42 in the world. Several other top tennis players have withdrawn from the Olympics for various reasons, including Zika.Follow @nzaccardi