Tokyo Olympics 2020: USA Tennis Team Roster Including Jennifer Brady, Tommy Paul, and Others

Published 07/13/2021, 2:31 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Jennifer Brady of the U.S. after losing her final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott


As Wimbledon 2021 finishes, the tennis society now has its eyes on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. But who all are playing and not playing the iconic sporting event this year?

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Notably, after numerous withdrawals, four women and men each have been finalized to travel to Japan as part of the USA Olympics team. The tennis event at the Games will start on July 24 and run until August 1, 2021.

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Jennifer Brady and Tommy Paul to headline U.S.A Olympics Tennis Team at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Based on the Tour rankings after the French Open, four top women and men qualify outright for the Games. However, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, and Madison Keys declined their spot in the women’s singles, and so the subsequent Americans replaced them.

Chiefly, the 17-year-old Coco Gauff, currently ranked 23, had earned her place as American No. 3. But a week before the commencement date, she revealed that she is tested positive for COVID-19 and cannot play.

I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic games in Tokyo”, tweeted the American.

Now, the three women representing the U.S.A in Japan are Jennifer Brady, Jessica Pegula, and Alison Riske. Also, for doubles-only, Nicole Melichar and Bethanie Mattek-Sands with Jack Sock were chosen on a discretionary basis. Melichar awaits a partner as Gauff is out, Mattek-Sands-Pegula will contest for the gold in doubles.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2021 Jennifer Brady of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Furthermore, the top 3 American men, Reilly Opelka, John Isner, and Taylor Fritz, also withdrew from the Games. Even their replacements, Sebastian Korda, Sam Querrey, and Steve Johnson, denied their participation.

Consequently, Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Tennys Sandgren, and Marcos Giron now have an opportunity to represent their country in men’s singles. Also, only American No. 4 Tommy Paul qualified on merit for this event. Lastly, Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek will team up with Tiafoe and Sandgren for the doubles category, respectively.

Given the youngsters on the list, the Tokyo Olympics would be a glimpse into the future of American tennis.

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Why did so many Americans withdraw from the Olympics, including Serena Williams?

Due to the ongoing pandemic outbreak, the Olympics will commence behind closed doors. Moreover, the players will have to comply with numerous restrictions and a rigorous schedule. Also, Japan will not allow foreign family members in the country.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves court as she retires from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

These are the most likely reasons tennis queen Serena Williams and others have decided to pull out from the Tokyo Olympics.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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