The Czech tennis star is coming off of a semifinal run at Wimbledon in 2016, but he won’t be taking that momentum down to Brazil for the Rio Olympics. Berdych cited the Zika virus as his primary reason for skipping out, saying that he is thinking about his long-term career over the risk of getting sick in Rio. The 30-year-old said that he will consider playing in the 2020 Olympics.
“Obviously, I’ve known about the virus a long time, since when it all started,” Berdych said, according to the New York Times. “But of course the season was going on. I’m going to play two, three, four years, and then the rest of my life will be another 60 years, something like that. If something happens that makes that not the way you want it, because of one week or one tournament, you might have a sad life. No, I don’t think so; I don’t want to take that risk, even if the risks are possibly small or whatever.”