Olympic Tennis Event

Rio 2016 logoThe next Olympic Tennis Event will take place at Rio 2016 from 6-14 August and the next Paralympic Tennis Event will take place on 9-16 September.

The Olympic Tennis Centre, located in Barra Olympic Park, will include a centre court for around 10,000 spectators, other secondary courts for large numbers of spectators (5,000 in Court 1 and 3,000 in Court 2) and other support and warm-up courts, each able to seat 250 people.

Tennis is now firmly established within the Olympic family, although it hasn’t always been that way. Many people don't realise that tennis was one of the original sports at Athens 1896, the first modern Olympics, and continued to be contested until Paris 1924, but then disputes between the International Olympic Committee and the International Lawn Tennis Federation, now the ITF, ended with tennis being withdrawn.

Following demonstration/exhibition events at Mexico City 1968 and Los Angeles 1984, tennis was finally reinstated as a medal sport at Seoul 1988. Since then, the Olympic Tennis Event has gone from strength to strength and a gold medal is now one of the most coveted prizes in the game for today's star names.

Visit the ITF's Olympic Tennis Event website for more information about the Games, including all of the news ahead of Rio 2016 and all of the results from the Youth Olympic Games event in Nanjing in 2014.

- ITFtennis.com/olympics

The Olympic Tennis Event and Youth Olympic Tennis Event are managed by the ITF on behalf of the International Olympic Committee, and in conjunction with the Organising Committee for each individual Games. The Paralympic Tennis Event is also managed by the ITF on behalf of the International Paralympic Committee.