Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka says she will miss the Paris Olympics to focus on her health. GETTY IMAGES

World number three Aryna Sabalenka said on Monday she will miss the tennis event at the Paris Olympics "to take care of her health”. Belarus' Sabalenka lost to Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva in the French Open quarter-finals earlier this month: the first time the 26-year-old had lost before the semi-finals of a major since the 2022 French Open.

The tennis events at this summer's Games take place on clay between 27 July - 4 August with the US Open starting three weeks later.

"Especially with all the struggles I've been struggling with the last months, I feel I have to take care of my health," the reigning Australian Open champion told reporters at the Ecotrans Ladies Open. "It's too much for the scheduling and I made the decision to take care of my health."

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, athletes from Russia and Belarus who qualify for the Games can only compete as neutrals in Paris. Australian Open champion Sabalenka is set to return to action this week in Berlin, having suffered from a stomach illness at Roland-Garros. The two-time grand slam champion is the No. 2 seed in the Berlin grass-court tournament this week as she prepares for Wimbledon in July. 

"It was the worst experience I had in my life on court," she said. "I've played while being ill, I've played with injuries, but when you have a stomach bug and you don't have any energy to play and you're in the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam, that was really terrible experience.

"I think my body was just asking for some rest. I managed to find a couple of days to chill and recover after the tough months," she added.

Three-time Grand Slam finalist Ons Jabeur has also confirmed that she will miss the Olympic Games next month, writing on social media that the change of surfaces would put her health at risk. The Tunisian has been dealing with a recurring knee injury.

"After consulting with my medical team regarding attending the Olympics in Paris, we have decided that the quick change of surface and the body’s adaptation required would put my knee at risk and jeopardise the rest of my season," Jabeur posted on X. "Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics."

Sabalenka and Jabeur join Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu in opting not to compete at the Olympics.