“It was my dream to play in the Olympics and I know I won’t get this chance again. But I can’t play in an empty stadium. At the same time, I want a healthy Australian player to take my place in the team,” he said. Kyrgios had to miss his third round match at Wimbledon due to an abdominal muscle strain. Kyrgios was in Australia during the Corona pandemic and did not participate in the French Open.
Let us inform you that Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, Switzerland’s Roger Federer, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Australia’s Ashley Barty have been included in the Tokyo Olympics entry list, announced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The ITF, however, had earlier said that the admission list is still subject to change. At the same time, Federer said last weekend that he will wait for Wimbledon to end on July 11 and then decide whether he wants to go to Japan.
Djokovic has made it clear that he will try to complete the ‘Golden Slam’ which Steffi Graf only managed to accomplish in 1988, when she won four Grand Slams and an Olympic singles gold medal in the same year. Djokovic is set to play his third-round match at Wimbledon on Friday after winning the Australian Open in February this year and the French Open last month.
Osaka will return to competition with the Olympics. He withdrew after the first round of the French Open to take a mental health break. The Olympics will be played from July 23 and the hard court tennis competition will start from the next day. Qualifying players will be ranked on June 14. The French Open ended a day earlier. The women’s number one players are Bertie, number two Osaka, number four Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, number five Elina Savitolina of Ukraine, number seven Bianca Andreescu of Canada, number nine Inga Sviatke of Poland and number ten Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
Apart from Simona Halep of Romania, Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin of America will not go to Tokyo. In the men’s category, number one Djokovic, number two Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, number four Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, number six Germany’s Alexander Zverev, number seven Russia’s Andrey Rublev, number eight Federer and number nine Italy’s Matteo Berrettini.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Roberto Batista Agut and Austria’s Dominic Thiem will not go to Tokyo. The list also includes two-time defending champion Andy Murray of Britain, who is given a special discount because he has won the most Olympic and Grand Slam titles among players whose rankings are not high enough for direct entry.
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First Published: July 10, 2021, 02:30 IST