Tokyo Olympics 2020 Tennis Format for Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Others

Published 07/21/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 19, 2021 Naomi Osaka of Japan during training REUTERS/Hannah Mckay


With several fierce outings promised in the women’s singles and doubles event at the Tokyo Olympics, fans are eager to see the event kick off on July 23. The games will begin 11:00 AM local time on the first six days of the event and at 12:00 AM local time on the final three days of the event.

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What is the format for the women’s events at the Tokyo Olympics 2020?

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The competition format for the women’s singles event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a single-elimination round. The singles event is a 64-player draw, while the women’s doubles event is 32 team draw. Consequently, the mixed doubles event is a 16-team draw.

The players will compete in a best of three tie-break sets, in the singles event. The doubles and the mixed-doubles will be a best of three sets with the match tie-break in the third set.

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Earlier this month, the ITF released the final list of the WTA ranked Top 20 players that would travel to Tokyo. They sent fans into a frenzy as they announced the big names of Wimbledon champion, Ashleigh Barty and World No. 2, Naomi Osaka. Here is the list of the projected Top 8 seeds for Tokyo:

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1. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
2. Naomi Osaka, Japan
3. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
4. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
5. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
6. Iga Swiatek, Poland
7. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain
8. Barbora Krejcikova, Czech Republic

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Naomi Osaka returns to the court

After more than a month-long break, Naomi Osaka is finally on her way back to the court. She makes a long-due return after withdrawing from the sport, on the grounds of mental health. Her decision to take a break saw her miss out on the French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. Regardless, the Australian Open champion will soon make her debut at the all-important Summer Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 19, 2021 Naomi Osaka of Japan during training REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Anxious fans will finally be at ease watching Naomi back in action. She will shortly after begin her US Open journey, making a first appearance in the Rogers Cup.

Regardless of being a debutant in both tournaments, Naomi is sure to win both hearts and accolades. She has constantly proven her caliber and displayed her elite character on and off the court. Fans will wait and see how far the 23-year-old goes in her quest for Olympic gold.

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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