Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime will likely be at a heavy expertise drawback when he makes his Olympic debut in Tokyo.
The 20-year-old faces two-time reigning gold medallist Andy Murray of Nice Britain within the first spherical of the match as attracts for 4 of 5 Olympic brackets had been revealed on Thursday in Japan. The blended doubles matchups will likely be introduced subsequent week.
Motion on the onerous courts of Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo will get underway Saturday in Tokyo.
Auger-Aliassime, of Montreal, beat Murray of their solely profession matchup, taking a straight-sets determination within the second spherical of the 2020 U.S. Open.
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However Murray is the primary man to win back-to-back Olympic tournaments, having stood atop the rostrum at his dwelling Video games of London 2012 and repeating the achievement 4 years later in Rio. Hip accidents have marred the 34-year-old’s profession since, even forcing him to contemplate retirement in 2019.
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Murray additionally competed on the 2008 Beijing Video games, the place he was upset within the first spherical.
Auger-Aliassime, ranked 15th, is coming off a run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals which marked his career-best lead to a serious.
In the meantime, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will start his quest for his first profession Olympic gold in opposition to No. 138 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia. The Serbian may even cope with No. 5 Alexander Zverev and No. 7 Andrey Rublev in his half of the draw.
Djokovic is trying to turn out to be the primary man to finish a Golden Slam by profitable all 4 main tennis tournaments and an Olympic singles gold medal in the identical yr. Steffi Graf achieved the feat in 1988.
Auger-Aliassime might run into No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and No. four Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier than the ultimate.
One other intriguing first-round match options Kei Nishikori of Japan in opposition to Rublev of ROC.
Osaka hopes to make historical past at dwelling
On the ladies’s aspect, dwelling hope Naomi Osaka will face 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China. Osaka is returning to competitors after she withdrew from the French Open following the primary spherical to take a mental-health break.
The 23-year-old had beforehand introduced she would settle for a wonderful for skipping media at Roland Garros earlier than backing out completely.
Osaka holds a 2-1 profession edge over Zheng.
The primary seeded opponent that Osaka might face is No. 16 Kiki Bertens, who’s taking part in the ultimate match of her profession. Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, is a attainable quarter-final opponent for Osaka.
Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez, ranked 72nd, will meet No. 46 Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine in her Olympic debut. She would tackle world No. 1 Ash Barty, who drew No. 48 Sara Sorribes Tormo, within the fourth spherical if each make it that far.
In girls’s doubles, seventh-seeded Canadian duo Gabriela Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman will tackle unseeded Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani of Brazil within the opening spherical.
Half of the highest 10 males’s gamers aren’t in Tokyo, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini and Canada’s Denis Shapovalov all lacking for numerous causes.
Serena Williams and Simona Halep are additionally not taking part in.