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31 Jul 2016

Murray and Williams prepare to defend Olympic titles in Rio


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Photo: Paul ZimmerSerena Williams (USA)

Gold medallists from London 2012 Andy Murray and Serena Williams are less than a week away from beginning their title defences at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The Olympic Tennis Event – which will be held at the newly-constructed Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park – gets underway this Saturday, with a record 56 countries represented among the entries in this year’s event.

The Draw for the Olympic Tennis Event will be held on site at the Olympic Tennis Centre on Thursday 4th August at 11am local time.

Murray and Williams come to Rio in fine form, with both having secured a first Grand Slam title of 2016 at Wimbledon last month. Williams will also look to defend her women’s doubles title alongside elder sister Venus, an event that the American sisters have won on three occasions.

In the men’s draw, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be looking to claim gold for the first time – the Serb won a bronze medal  in Beijing in 2008 and finished fourth in London four years ago. After a hugely surprising defeat in the third round at Wimbledon, Djokovic returned to a form with a win at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Sunday, and will certainly prove a serious challenge to Murray should the two meet in the final.

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Japan’s Kei Nishikori will also be looking to be among the medals in Rio, while 14-time Grand Slam champion and 2008 gold medallist Rafael Nadal will play for the first time since withdrawing from Roland Garros with a wrist injury earlier this year.

While Williams undoubtedly starts the tournament as a heavy favourite to defend her women’s singles title, she will recognise the threat posed by the likes of Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza, both of whom have beaten the world No. 1 in major finals this year.

Sixty-four players will contest both the men’s and women’s singles. Entries for both events are a combination of 56 direct acceptances based on the singles world rankings of 6 June, and six ITF Places (Final Qualification Places) allocated according to the Qualification System. There are also two Tripartite Commission Invitation Places.

Thirty-two teams will contest both the men’s and women’s doubles, with entries a combination of 24 direct acceptances and eight ITF Places (Final Qualification Places). Entries are based on the combined world rankings of each team on 6 June, with each player using the better of their singles and doubles world ranking. Any player ranked in the doubles Top 10 on 6 June was eligible for direct acceptance with a partner of any ranking.

There is a limit of four singles players per gender per country. Nations were also able to nominate up to two doubles teams per event, with a maximum of six players per gender per country in total.

Entries are also subject to players being in good standing with their National Association and meeting the minimum participation requirements in Davis Cup and Fed Cup.

Entries for the 16-team mixed doubles event will be determined on site from those players already participating in singles or doubles, with a maximum of two teams per country. Teams have to be nominated by their National Olympic Committee by the deadline of 9 August.

The Olympic Tennis Event will be played on hard court, with ten match courts and six practice courts, including a 10,000-capacity centre court, and two additional show courts seating 5,000 and 3,000 spectators respectively.

ITF President David Haggerty said: “We are delighted to welcome another outstanding field to the Olympic Tennis Event. Since the return of tennis to the Olympics in 1988, the event has continued to grow at each Games, with the current generation of players embracing this unique opportunity in our sport. We expect that the competition in each discipline will be fierce, and look forward to some memorable matches.”

Tennis was a part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The first woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport was tennis player Charlotte Cooper (GBR) at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. After the 1924 Paris Games, tennis withdrew from the Olympics but returned as a demonstration event at 1984 Los Angeles and as a full medal sport at 1988 Seoul.

A full list of entries is below (and attached in pdf format):

MEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

Argentina Juan Martin del Potro, Federico Delbonis, Juan Monaco, Guido Pella
Australia John Millman, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth (ITF)
Barbados Darian King (TRI)
Belgium David Goffin
Bosnia/Herzegovina Damir Dzumhur, Mirza Basic (TRI)
Brazil Thomaz Belucci, Rogerio Dutra Silva
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov
Canada Vasek Pospisil
Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-Hsun
Croatia Marin Cilic, Borna Coric
Czech Republic Lukas Rosol
Dominican Republic Victor Estrella Burgos
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon, Benoit Paire
Georgia Nikoloz Basilashvili (ITF)
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber, Dustin Brown, Jan-Lennard Struff
Great Britain Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund
Israel Dudi Sela
Italy Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi, Thomas Fabbiano (ITF)
Japan Kei Nishikori, Yuichi Sugita (ITF), Taro Daniel (ITF)
Lithuania Ricardas Berankis
Luxembourg Gilles Muller
Moldova Radu Albot (ITF)
Netherlands Robin Haase
Poland Jerzy Janowicz
Portugal Joao Sousa, Gastao Elias
Russia Andrey Kuznetsov, Evgeny Donskoy, Teymuraz Gabashvili
Serbia Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki
Slovakia Andrej Martin (ITF)
Spain Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Roberto Baustista Agut, Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Tunisia Malek Jaziri
Ukraine Illya Marchenko
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
USA Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla, Brian Baker
Uzbekistan Denis Istomin

(ITF) ITF Place (Final Qualification Place)
(TRI) Tripartite Commission Invitation place

WOMEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

Australia Samantha Stosur, Daria Gavrilova
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer, Kirsten Flipkens
Brazil Teliana Pereira (ITF)
Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova
Canada Eugenie Bouchard
China, P.R. Peng Shuai, Zhang Shuai, Wang Qiang, Zheng Saisai (ITF)
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-Wei
Colombia Mariana Duque-Marino (ITF)
Croatia Ana Konjuh
Czech Republic Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Strycova
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
France Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet
Germany Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Annika Beck, Laura Siegemund
Great Britain Johanna Konta, Heather Watson
Hungary Timea Babos
Italy Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani, Karin Knapp
Japan Misaki Doi, Nao Hibino
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Latvia Jelena Ostapenko
Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt (TRI)
Montenegro Danka Kovinic
Netherlands Kiki Bertens
Paraguay Veronica Cepede Royg
Poland Agnieszka Radwanska, Magda Linette (ITF)
Puerto Rico Monica Puig
Romania Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Niculescu
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Daria Kasatkina, Ekaterina Makarova
Serbia Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic
Slovakia Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Slovenia Polona Hercog (ITF)
Spain Garbine Muguruza, Carla Suarez Navarro
Sweden Johanna Larsson
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Tunisia Ons Jabeur (ITF)
Turkey Cagla Buyukakcay
Ukraine Elina Svitolina, Lesia Tsurenko
USA Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens

(ITF) ITF Place (Final Qualification Place)
(TRI) Tripartite Commission Invitation place

MEN’S DOUBLES ENTRY LIST

Argentina Juan Martin del Potro/Maximo Gonzalez, Federico Delbonis/Guillermo Duran
Australia Chris Guccione/John Peers
Austria Oliver Marach/Alexander Peya
Belarus Aliaksandr Bury/Max Mirnyi
Brazil Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares, Thomaz Belucci/Andre Sa (ITF)
Canada Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil
Chile Julio Peralta/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (ITF)
Colombia Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah
Croatia Marin Cilic/Marin Draganja
Czech Republic Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek
France Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut, Gael Monfils/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber/Jan-Lennard Struff (ITF)
Great Britain Andy Murray/Jamie Murray, Colin Fleming/Dominic Inglot
India Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes
Italy Fabio Fognini/Andreas Seppi
Mexico Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel Angel Reyes Varela (ITF)
Netherlands Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer
New Zealand Marcus Daniell/Michael Venus (ITF)
Poland Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski
Romania Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau
Serbia Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimojic
Slovakia Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (ITF)
Spain Marc Lopez/Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer/Roberto Baustista Agut
Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (ITF)
Ukraine Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (ITF)
USA Steve Johnson/Jack Sock, Brian Baker/Rajeev Ram

(ITF) ITF Place (Final Qualification Place)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES ENTRY LIST

Australia Daria Gavrilova/Samantha Stosur, Anastasia Rodionova/Arina Rodionova (ITF)
Brazil Paula Cristina Goncalves/Teliana Pereira (ITF)
Canada Eugenie Bouchard/Gabriela Dabrowski (ITF)
China, P.R. Xu Yi-Fan/Zheng Saisai, Peng Shuai/Zhang Shuai
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan, Chuang Chia-Jung/Hsieh Su-Wei
Czech Republic Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka, Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova
France Kristina Mladenovic/Caroline Garcia
Germany Angelique Kerber/Andrea Petkovic, Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Laura Siegemund
Great Britain Johanna Konta/Heather Watson
Hungary Timea Babos/Reka-Luca Jani (ITF)
India Sania Mirza/Prarthana Thombare
Italy Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci
Japan Misaki Doi/Eri Hozumi (ITF)
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva
Poland Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Paula Kania (ITF)
Romania Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu, Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ITF)
Russia Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina, Daria Kasatkina/Svetlana Kuznetsova
Serbia Jelena Jankovic/Aleksandra Krunic
Spain Garbine Muguruza/Carla Suarez Navarro, Anabel Medina Garrigues/Arantxa Parra-Santonja
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky/Martina Hingis
Ukraine Olga Savchuk/Elina Svitolina, Lyudmyla Kichenok/Nadiia Kichenok (ITF)
USA Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe, Serena Williams/Venus Williams

(ITF) ITF Place (Final Qualification Place)



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