Are Tennis Players Awarded Rankings Points at Tokyo Olympics 2020?

Published 07/21/2021, 3:35 AM EDT


An opportunity to represent your nation in the world’s biggest sporting event is indeed a prestigious honor. However, to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games is a title beyond comparison. For the same, athletes from all around the globe will travel to Japan and compete at Tokyo Olympics this year.

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Now, it is a known fact that champions in Olympics do not receive any trophies or plates like other tennis tournaments. Instead, the best three players in any event bag gold, silver, and bronze medals, as per their finish position.

It then raises an interesting question: Do athletes receive any rankings points at the Olympics along with the medals? 

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Will Tokyo Olympics affect ATP and WTA players’ World Rankings?

Recently, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) clarified many FAQs along with the final entry list of the Tokyo Olympics. Significantly, one of the questions was about the rankings points.

The website stated, “No WTA ranking points will be offered. The last time points were offered at the Olympics was the 2012 London Olympics.”

Furthermore, the same applies to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the governing body of men’s tennis. Conclusively, there will be no effect on any tennis players’ World Rankings after the Games.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 20, 2021 Andy Murray of Britain during training REUTERS/Edgar Su

Despite the rankings points, most athletes are eager to represent and win the gold for their country. However, the ongoing pandemic outbreak has also caused numerous withdrawals.

Most importantly, the top two-ranked men and women will take part in the Games. They are Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Ashleigh Barty, and Naomi Osaka.

Additionally, the record two-time Olympics champion Andy Murray would also try for a hat trick this year. The tournament begins on July 24 and will conclude in a week.

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What to expect at the Olympics this year?

Even though Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams will not play in the Olympics, the star power is still very high. Notably, most tennis fans want to see if Djokovic can keep his Golden Slam run on.

Tennis player Novak Djokovic leaves after speaking to the media before traveling to Japan where he will represent Serbia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Belgrade, Serbia, July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Zorana Jevtic?

Other than him, younger prospects such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Aryna Sabalenka, and Iga Swiatek are eyeing a career boost in Japan. All in all, the world will know who gets the gold in 10 days.

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Purav Joshi

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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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