Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings is looking for a new partner " and a new beach volleyball tour " after rejecting an exclusivity agreement with the AVP. The deal would have locked her into the circuit through the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

In her first public comments since breaking with the tour, Walsh Jennings told The Associated Press on Thursday that the deal was "a death sentence for our sport." She says the eight-stop circuit would doom athletes to live with their parents or take full-time jobs to support themselves.

AVP owner Donald Sun has said he respects her decision and wishes her well.

The decision to opt out of the AVP tour also means Walsh Jennings will split with April Ross, her partner in Rio de Janeiro, where they won the Olympic bronze medal.