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Flavia Pennetta won’t play in Rio Olympics, report says

Flavia Pennetta

Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, holds up the championship trophy after beating Roberta Vinci, of Italy, in the women’s championship match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta said she will not attempt to play at the Rio Olympics, according to Christopher Clarey of The New York Times on Twitter.

Pennetta, who said immediately after she won her first Grand Slam title in September that she planned to retire, said the following day that there was a 10 percent chance that she would play in the Olympics, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

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 for Italy at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in singles and doubles with Francesca Schiavone, going no farther than the quarterfinals.

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