Five tennis players to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

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Here are five tennis players to watch at the Tokyo Olympics:

Naomi Osaka (Japan)

Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Naomi Osaka is widely regarded as a favorite for gold as she makes her Olympic debut in her Games at home and on her favorite surface – a hard court.

Osaka will open its Olympic campaign on center court, returning to competition for the first time in two months, after retiring from Roland Garros in May to take a sanity break.

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Novak Djokovic will be looking for his first Olympic gold in singles, the most notable award still missing from his impressive collection. A victory in Tokyo would also put him in the race to become the first male player to complete the Golden Slam this year, having won the first three major titles of 2021 – the last at Wimbledon earlier this month.

The great Serbian, who has 20 Grand Slam titles, won bronze at the Beijing Games in 2008 but failed to match or improve his performance at the next two Summer Olympics – losing both times against the Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro.

Iga Swiatek (Poland)

Poland’s Iga Swiatek had a decisive year in 2020, captivating audiences with her calm demeanor and aggressive play on all terrains set to win the French Open at the age of 19 – the youngest player to ever play. do it since Monica Seles in 1992.

The daughter of an Olympic rower, Swiatek won a doubles gold at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and said she was aiming for a medal in Tokyo.

Andy Murray (Great Britain)

Britain’s Andy Murray will look to become the first person to achieve a hat-trick in Olympic singles gold in Tokyo, after claiming victory at the London Games in 2012 and repeating the feat in Rio four years later.

Competing in his fourth Olympics, Murray, 34, returned to full fitness after hip surgery in 2019.

Ons Jabeur (Tunisia)

Tunisian pioneer Ons Jabeur has risen steadily in the rankings since becoming the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open last year.

Now ranked in the top 30, Jabeur has won fans the world over with his astute brand of tennis, often confusing opponents with his skillful touch and variety.


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