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Zika fear drives Raonic from Rio Games

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Toronto (dpa) - Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic on Friday announced he would not compete in next month‘s Rio Olympics due to fears of the Zika virus.

The Canadian joins fellow players including Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey and the Australian pair of Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios in missing Rio.

"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my withdrawal from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," Raonic said. "After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I am making this decision for a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around the Zika virus."

The 25-year-old called the move "a difficult, personal choice and I do not wish for it to impact the decision of any other athlete heading to the Games.

"I‘m very proud to have competed for Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, and on the world stage at several Davis Cup events. I look forward to cheering on Team Canada this summer."

Canada chose veteran Daniel Nestor to play doubles in place of Raonic along side partner Vasek Pospisil.

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