ITF to use ATP & WTA rankings on June 7th to determine Tokyo Olympic berths

The International Tennis Federation has announced that it will use the men’s ATP and women’s WTA rankings as of June 7, 2021 to determine the entry list for the tennis tournaments at the Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled for 2021.

The ITF has also said that the criteria to determine the eligibility of athletes remains unchanged.

The ITF to use June 7, 2021 rankings for determining the Olympic entries

The men’s and women’s singles event at the Olympics will have a draw of 64 players, with 56 direct entries, based on the rankings on June 7.

An NOC can field a maximum of four players for the Games, which were postponed from this year to July 23 to August 8th. There are also eight ITF places, out of which six will be distributed through Continent Qualification.

From the Asian Continent, the 2018 Asian Games champion will make it to the main draw. The doubles event will see a draw of 32 teams with players in the Top 10 getting as on June 7, 2021 getting direct entry. They can choose the partner of their choice, provided the player is ranked inside the top 300 either in the singles or the doubles rankings.

The ITF has said that it would confirm to NOCs/National Associations the names of athletes qualified for “Direct Acceptance and Final Qualification Places (ITF Places) by 10th June 2021 at the latest and the NOCs shall confirm to the ITF if they wish to use the quota places by June 17, 2021 at the latest.

Originally scheduled to take place between 24 July and 9 August 2020, the Games have been rescheduled for 23 July to 8 August 2021 due to the global pandemic. The IOC has said that the games will keep the name Tokyo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes despite being held in 2021.

This marks the first time in history that the Summer Olympic Games have been postponed rather than cancelled. The Games had been cancelled in 1916, 1940, and 1944. The mixed doubles draw will feature 16 teams, and will be determined from the players already nominated in the singles or doubles events.

Andy Murray won the men’s singles event at the 2016 Olympic Games, while Monica Puig won the women’s singles event. The men’s doubles event was won by Spanish duo Marc López & Rafael Nadal, the women’s doubles event by Russians Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina and the mixed doubles event by Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Jack Sock.

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