When is the tennis draw for the Tokyo Olympics? Who’s up for a game? Everything you need to know about the Japan event.
The Olympics will take place in Japan from Friday, July 23 until Sunday, August 8.
The Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner, with the top athletes from around the world arriving in Japan ahead of the opening ceremony next week. Following Wimbledon, the tennis world’s attention is now focused on the Olympics, where gold medals will be awarded in men’s and women’s singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles.
Novak Djokovic has confirmed his participation in the Tokyo Open, with all eyes on the world number one as he pursues the Golden Slam.
The 34-year-old is aiming for the once-in-a-lifetime achievement of winning all four Majors and an Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.
In men’s tennis, such a feat has never been accomplished, but Steffi Graf, a legend in the women’s game, did it in 1988.
In recent weeks, there have been a slew of withdrawals from the Olympics. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, and Stan Wawrinka will all be absent from the men’s competition.
Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist, Victoria Azarenka, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and Serena Williams will not be competing in Tokyo.
After testing positive for coronavirus, British number one Dan Evans and Johanna Konta will not compete.
The Games will be staged behind closed doors due of a rise in coronavirus cases in Tokyo, which has declared a state of emergency.
Here are all of the important details you should be aware of.
The Olympics will take place from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 8, and will feature 339 events in 33 sports.
The tennis tournament takes place on the hard courts at Ariake Tennis Park from Saturday, July 24 through Sunday, August 1.
Men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles are the five tennis events in the Olympics.
Both singles tournaments will include 64 players in a knockout style with three-set matches.
All players that advance to the semi-finals will compete for a medal, with the losing semi-finalists competing against one another for bronze.
Instead of a third set, doubles matches will be played to ten points in a tie-break.
The spotlight has recently been on who isn’t playing, although there are still plenty of big names involved.
The men’s singles will be won by Djokovic, but Great Britain won gold in 2012 and 2016. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”