Jul 18, 2016

    Berdych latest to skip Rio


    CZECH tennis stars, world number eight Tomas Berdych and 16th-ranked Karolina Pliskova, on Saturday joined the growing band of players pulling out of the Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus.

    Their decision came just a day after top 10 stars Milos Raonic and Simona Halep

    also withdrew over similar health fears.

    Berdych, the 30-year-old Wimbledon semi-finalist, said on Twitter: "It is because of the Zika virus spread in the country of the Olympics."

    Berdych, who married

    model Ester Satorova last year,

    had also pulled out of the

    Czech Republic's Davis Cup tie

    with France, in which the

    Czechs are trailing 2-1

    after Saturday's rubbers.

    The 24-year-old Pliskova

    told Czech News Agency

    she was pulling out for the

    same reason as Berdych.

    "I share the concerns

    about the possible effects of

    catching the virus," she said.