New York - Romania's world number five Simona Halep withdrew from the Olympics
over the Zika virus on Friday, just an hour after Wimbledon runner-up
Milos Raonic also pulled out, citing similar health fears.
"I regret to announce that I have decided I will not compete in the
Olympic Games. The reason for my decision is the concern regarding the
danger posed by the Zika virus," 24-year-old Halep wrote on her Facebook
"After several talks with doctors and my family, I concluded that the
risks are too high for my career and for my health, especially as a
"Family is much too important for me and I can't risk not being able to have one of my own after my career in tennis is over.
"I know the Olympics are a very important event and I truly regret
these circumstances. I hope the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee
and all Romanians will respect my decision."
Halep, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last week, was French Open runner-up in 2010.