How do tennis players qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

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The long-awaited tennis event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is scheduled to begin on Saturday, July 24. The nine-day event promises exciting battles as top players from around the world aim for gold. However, even the simple act of representing their country is a matter of great honor for all.

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Players must do their best, throughout the season, to qualify for the Olympics. Their notable performances in major Grand Slam competitions affect their ranking by WTA and ATP, further affecting their chances of qualifying. However, besides their rank, there are several other criteria that players must meet before traveling to Tokyo.

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How do tennis players qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

The WTA and ATP ranking plays a major role in a player’s Olympic qualification. Thus, all eyes were on the day after Roland-Garros, when the official classification was announced. The 56 best ranked players receive a direct qualification. However, only four solo players are allowed per nation.

Players are qualified based on their performance at the Pan American Games, Asian Games and African Games.

A place is also available for a player who has already won a gold medal or who is a Slam champion but who did not qualify through the ranking. Likewise, a representative of the host country is also allocated a place, provided that he is the highest ranked athlete in the country.

There are certain criteria that all tennis players participating in the Tokyo Olympics must meet. These criteria are based on several key factors.

First, players must be in good standing with their national association and their international tennis federation. Apart from that, on several occasions they must also have represented their nation in Davis Cup or Billie Jean Cup.

Age is another important factor taken into consideration, as only players over the age of 14 for men and 15 for women are eligible to participate in the Summer Olympics.

However, if a player does not meet the desired criteria, he can appeal to the ITF Olympic Committee.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 19, 2021 Naomi Osaka of Japan during practice REUTERS / Hannah Mckay

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The criteria are different for doubles

The entry criteria for the doubles category differ from those for singles. A total of 32 teams participate in the event, with only 2 teams allowed per nation. 31 teams obtain a direct qualification, according to their classification; the host country obtains the remaining place.

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Players ranked in the top 10 in ATP and WTA doubles get entry into the event. It is important to note that athletes of different nationalities cannot team up. A player must be in the top 300, singles or doubles, to be eligible for a partnership. In particular, a country can only elect 6 players for each of the men’s and women’s events.

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