The Australian team consists of six men and five women, including former US Open winner Sam Stosur, who will go to her fifth Olympic Games at the age of 37.
Ashleigh Barty’s announcement comes just a day after four-time gold medalist Serena Williams announced she would be skipping the games. AP
Sydney: World number one Ashleigh Barty has confirmed that she will compete in the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday and lead an 11-person Australian tennis team for the Games, including arsonist Nick Kyrgios.
Barty’s announcement comes just a day after four-time gold medalist Serena Williams announced she would skip the games that will be out without Spanish great Rafael Nadal.
2019 French Open winner Barty, 25, said that she wanted to compete in both singles and doubles at the Games, adding, « I can’t wait to be a part of it ».
« Taking part in the Olympics is always a dream when you’re young Aiming at children, « she said.
The Australian team consists of six men and five women, including former US Open winner Sam Stosur, who will go to her fifth Olympic Games at the age of 37.World number 15 Alex de Minaur is the top ranked Australian, with the volatile Kyrgios probably one of the most prominent male players in the draw despite his modest ranking of 60.
In contrast to veteran Stosur, Barty De Minaur give and Kyrgios made her Olympic debut in Tokyo.
« It is very special to be able to represent your country at one Olympiad, let alone at five, » said Stosur, who also participated in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 participated.
Stosur and Barty are complemented by Ajla Tomljanovic in women’s singles, with Barty working with Storm Sanders in women’s doubles and Stosur with Ellen Perez.
John Millman and James Duckworth join Kyrgios and De Minaur last week won the Eastbourne International, in men’s singles.
Millman will partner with Luke Saville and John Peers will play with De Minaur in men’s doubles.
June 29, 2021 11:44:37 AM IST
For the first time since the women’s team made their Olympic debut in Athens in 2004, India will not be represented at the Games after trio Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari lost to Colombia in the opening round of the last Olympic qualification in Paris.
Rafael Nadal has announced not to play at Wimbledon, which starts June 28, and the Tokyo Olympics, which starts July 23.
The 39-year-old Williams won four gold medals in the past summer games for the United States: both singles and doubles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London – where the tennis competition was held at the All England Club – and doubles at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing.
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