ITF confirms 104 tennis players to compete at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games


The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the full list of wheelchair tennis singles and doubles entries for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with players from 31 nations.

The competition is scheduled from August 27 to September 4 at Ariake Tennis Park.

Six gold medals are at stake in the men’s, women’s and quad categories.

Shingo Kunieda from Japan, Diede de Groot from the Netherlands and Australia’s Dylan Alcott are world number one in these respective singles categories.

Kunieda is heading to Tokyo 2020 with the goal of securing a third Paralympic title, while Yui Kamiji is another medal contender in the women’s singles and doubles.

The Netherlands have won all 14 gold medals in the women’s singles and doubles events since the introduction of wheelchair tennis at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games.

Alcott is the reigning quad champion, while Britain’s Gordon Reid is the Paralympic men’s singles champion.

A new women’s champion will be crowned as Rio 2016 gold medalist Jiske Griffioen will not compete in Tokyo.

Diede de Groot will be the favorite in the ladies' singles © Getty Images
Diede de Groot will be the favorite in the ladies’ singles © Getty Images

De Groot and Alcott are still on track to win the Golden Slam, having won all three Grand Slam singles titles so far this season – the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon.

If they win singles gold in Tokyo, they’ll have to win the US Open titles for the Golden Slam.

No one in the history of wheelchair tennis has reached the Golden Slam.

France’s Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer are expected to defend their men’s doubles title, but will likely face Reid and fellow Briton Alfie Hewett for the crown.

Reid and Hewett could also win the Golden Slam with Paralympic gold and a US Open title.

Aniek van Koot, who won gold in women’s doubles with Griffioen five years ago, will try to defend her title with De Groot.

“Following the success of the Olympic tennis event, we are already delighted to be returning to Tokyo to see the world’s best wheelchair tennis players compete for gold,” said ITF President David Haggerty .

“We know how much winning a Paralympic medal means for these athletes and, having had to wait another year due to the pandemic, I have no doubt that the six medal events in Tokyo will be hotly contested.”

Entries are based on the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Rankings as of June 7.

Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States have players in all six medal categories.


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