Tennis players usually compete as individuals, except in the annual team-based Davis Cup (men) and Fed Cup (women) competition. Every four years, the Olympic Games offers a unique opportunity for players to win individual medals while being part of their national team.
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The singles events at the Olympic Games will both feature 64 players in the first round, with a maximum of four athletes per country. For a nation like USA, who currently have nine women ranked in the world’s Top 50, there will be players with high rankings that nonetheless do not qualify for the Games.
Tennis was part of the Summer Olympic Games program from the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics, but was dropped after the 1924 Summer Olympics due to disputes between the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the International Olympic Committee over how to define amateur players. After two appearances as a demonstration sport in 1968 and 1984, it returned as a full medal sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics open for all players regardless of their age and status and has been played at every summer
While listing down sports with major global appeal, tennis, invariably, features in the top bracket. Tennis’ popularity in India, too, has grown by leaps and bounds in the past three decades with the likes of 1996 Olympic medallist Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and women’s ace Sania Mirza achieving world No. 1 ranking in doubles at some point during this period.
The Olympic Tennis Event runs for nine days, from Saturday 24 July – the day after the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony – until Sunday 1 August 2021. Play starts at 11:00 local time on the first six days of the event, and 12:00 for the final three days, which will feature the 10 medal matches. Visit the ITF's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event website for more detailed schedule information.
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The tennis competition at the Olympic Games consisted of a single elimination tournament. The size of the singles draw, 64, meant that there were six rounds of competition in total, with five in the doubles owing to its smaller draw size of 32, and 4 for mixed with its draw size only being 16.