The International Tennis Federation (ITF) released the entry lists for the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday which include players like Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, Switzerland’s Roger Federer, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, and Australia’s Ash Barty.
As the ITF noted, though: “The entry lists are still subject to change.” Federer, for example, stated this weekend that he will decide whether or not to travel to Japan after Wimbledon concludes on July 11.
Djokovic has stated that he wants to achieve the Golden Slam, which has only been accomplished by Steffi Graf in 1988 when she won all four major tennis events and the Olympic singles gold medal in the same year. He won the Australian Open in February and the French Open last month, and he is slated to play in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday.
After withdrawing from the French Open after the first round to take a mental health sabbatical, Osaka will compete in the Olympics for the first time. The Summer Games begin on July 23, and the tennis competition, which will be held on hard courts, will start the next day.
The rankings from June 14 are used to determine eligibility. That was the day after the French Open had come to a close. Seven of the Top 10 players in both the WTA and ATP rankings currently are on Thursday’s lists.
For the women, that’s No. 1 Barty, No. 2 Osaka, No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, No. 7 Bianca Andreescu of Canada, No. 9 Iga Swiatek of Poland, and No. 10 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
For the men, that’s No. 1 Djokovic, No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia, No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, No. 6 Alexander Zverev of Germany, No. 7 Andrey Rublev of Russia, No. 8 Federer and No. 9 Matteo Berrettini of Italy.
Simona Halep of Romania, as well as Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin of the United States, are among the women who have gone missing. Williams claimed she wouldn’t travel to the Tokyo Olympics before injuring her right leg during a first-round match on Centre Court and had to withdraw.
Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, as well as Dominic Thiem of Austria, were left off the list.