Ash Barty will lead Australia to gold medal hopes at Tokyo Olympics

The World’s leading tennis player Ash Barty will lead her national team Australia’s biggest tennis team in Tokyo as the country is waiting for its medal for 17 years at the games. Along with her, the men’s world number one, Alex de Minaur, Nick Kyrgios and Sam Stosur are on board on her fifth Games. She will also become Australia’s first Indigenous tennis Olympian.

She said in a video released by Tennis Australia, ” It’s something I’ve always dreamt of and I’m super excited to get out there and represent the green and gold. It is a massive united team and I can’t wait to be a part of it.” Ash Barty, Alex Minaur, Stosur and John Millman will be available for both singles and doubles. Only Kyrgios will compete in singles.

The two Rio Olympians Millman and John Peers are double specialist and they returned for their second Games as Australia is aiming to win their first medal since Alicia Molik won a bronze medal in women singles at Athens in 2004. Alicia will captain the women’s team including Ajla Tomljanovic in the singles, and Storm Sanders and Ellen Perez for doubles. A few days are left for the Tokyo tennis tournament to start, it is set to start on July 24 at Ariake Tennis Park.

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