Tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Tennis
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
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Tennis pictogram for the 2020 Summer Olympics
VenueAriake Tennis Park
Dates24 July – 1 August 2021
No. of events5
Competitors172 from 42 nations
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The Tennis tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held between July 24 and August 1, 2021 at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo.

The tournament is scheduled to feature 172 players in five events: singles and doubles for both men and women and the return of mixed doubles for the third consecutive time. The hard-court surface at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games was announced to be DecoTurf, chosen by the Tokyo Organizing Committee. This marks the fifth time the surface will be utilized for the Olympic Games.[1]

Qualification

To be eligible, a player must meet certain requirements related to play on Davis Cup or Billie Jean King Cup teams. Qualification for the singles competitions is based primarily on the world rankings of 14 June 2021, with 56 players entering each of the men's and women's events (limited to four per National Olympic Committee (NOC)). Six of the remaining eight slots are to be allocated by continent for NOCs with no other qualifiers. The final two spots are reserved, one for the host nation and one for a previous Olympic gold medalist or Grand Slam champion.[2][3] In the men's and women's doubles competitions, 32 teams are scheduled to compete. Up to 10 places are reserved for players in the top 10 of the doubles ranking, who could select any player from their NOC ranked in the top 300 in either singles or doubles. The remaining slots are allocated by combined rankings, with preference given to singles players once the total player quota is met.[4] One team per gender is to be reserved for the host nation if none has already become eligible otherwise.[2] No quota spots are available for mixed doubles; instead, all teams will consist of players already entered in the singles or doubles. The top 15 combined ranking teams and the host nation are eligible.[2][5]

Andy Murray of Great Britain is the two-time defending champion in men’s singles. Monica Puig of Puerto Rico is the defending champion in women’s singles, but will not return to defend her title.[6]

Competition format

The format at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be a single-elimination tournament with men's and women's singles draws consisting of 64 players.[3] There will be six rounds of competition in singles, five rounds in doubles (draw size of 32), and four rounds in mixed doubles (draw size of 16). Players and teams reaching the semifinals will be assured of competing for a medal with the two losing semifinalists competing for the bronze medal. All singles matches will be best of three sets with a standard tiebreak (first to seven points) in every set including the final set in singles competition. In all doubles competition a match tiebreak (first to 10 points) will be played instead of a third set.[7][8][9]

Schedule

Date 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29 July 30 July 31 July 1 August
Day Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Start time 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 12:00 12:00 12:00
Men's singles Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze/Final
Women's singles Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze/Final
Men's doubles Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze/Final
Women's doubles Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze Final
Mixed doubles Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze Final

Participating nations

Medal summary

Medal events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
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Men's doubles
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Women's singles
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Women's doubles
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Mixed doubles
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See also

References

  1. ^ "DecoTurf® Chosen for Tennis Courts at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo". www.businesswire.com. 1 August 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Tokyo 2020 – ITF Tennis Qualification System" (PDF). ITF. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "ITF announce qualification process for Tokyo 2020 Olympics".
  4. ^ "Kim Clijsters Will Need Wildcard To Participate in Olympics 2020 | Olympics 2020". Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  5. ^ "2021 Tokyo Olympics Live Stream Reddit Free". 16 April 2021. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Monica Puig, surprise Rio Olympic tennis champion, to miss Tokyo Games".
  7. ^ "Olympic men's final down to three sets" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Tennis". Tokyo 2020.
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