Tennis: ITF Releases Initial Olympic Qualifiers List, 46 Nations Qualify

The International Tennis Federation has revealed the initial list of qualifiers to the Olympics. The list is based off of the ATP and WTA World Rankings published on June 14th 2021. The men’s and women’s singles are set to have a field of 64 while the men’s and women’s doubles will have a field of 32. There is a maximum of 4 singles and 2 doubles entrants per gender with a total of six athletes per gender.

For the singles events, the top 56 eligible athletes qualified. Six spots were awarded to the continents, four of which were awarded previously at various events while the other two (Europe and Oceania) went to the highest ranked nation not yet qualified (provided they are in the top 300).

One quota was awarded as a legacy quota to the athlete in the top 300 with the most Grand Slam and Olympic titles (Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Australia’s Samantha Stosur) and the final quota went to host nation Japan should they fail to qualify anyone. The Oceania and host quota were reallocated to the next highest ranked eligible athletes.

Athletes who were absent with cause are allowed to use their protected rankings to gain access to the Olympics. This was done by Chinese Taipaei’s Lu Yen-hsun and Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber for the men and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro and Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic for the women.

For the men’s and women’s doubles, the host nation was automatically given a spot to compete. Afterwards, any athlete ranked in the top 10 in the Doubles ATP or WTA rankings was eligible to choose a partner, provided that they are in the top 300.

The remaining places went to the pairs with the best combined (using their singles or doubles ranking) rankings. In an attempt to minimize the total number of competing athletes, the final 8 spots are subject to singles priority where athletes who are competing in the singles event are more likely to be selected to compete. This was evident in the men’s doubles with Spain and Portugal being selected to compete despite having a low combined ranking.

With the potential for more withdrawals, it is likely the complexion of the field will change over the coming week. The mixed doubles entrants will be decided after the Olympics begin and will solely use athletes already selected to compete at the Olympics.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Singles
* Argentina
* Argentina
* Argentina
* Australia
* Australia
* Australia
* Australia
* Belarus
* Belarus
* Belgium
* Brazil
* Brazil
* Canada
* Canada
* Chile
* Chinese Taipei
* Croatia
* Egypt
* France
* France
* France
* France
* Georgia
* Germany
* Germany
* Germany
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Great Britain
* Greece
* Hungary
* Italy
* Italy
* Italy
* Italy
* Japan
* Japan
* Japan
* Japan
* Kazakhstan
* Kazakhstan
* Moldova
* Poland
* Portugal
* Portugal
* Russia
* Russia
* Russia
* Russia
* Serbia
* Serbia
* Slovakia
* South Korea
* Spain
* Spain
* Spain
* Spain
* Switzerland
* United States
* United States
* United States
* United States
* Uruguay
* Uzbekistan

Women’s Singles
* Argentina
* Australia
* Australia
* Australia
* Belarus
* Belarus
* Belgium
* Belgium
* Canada
* Canada
* China
* China
* Croatia
* Czech Republic
* Czech Republic
* Czech Republic
* Czech Republic
* Egypt
* Estonia
* France
* France
* France
* France
* Germany
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Great Britain
* Greece
* Italy
* Italy
* Japan
* Japan
* Japan
* Kazakhstan
* Kazakhstan
* Kazakhstan
* Latvia
* Latvia
* Montenegro
* Netherlands
* Paraguay
* Poland
* Poland
* Russia
* Russia
* Russia
* Russia
* Serbia
* Serbia
* Spain
* Spain
* Spain
* Spain
* Sweden
* Switzerland
* Switzerland
* Tunisia
* Ukraine
* Ukraine
* Ukraine
* United States
* United States
* United States
* United States

Men’s Doubles
* Argentina
* Argentina
* Australia
* Australia
* Austria
* Belgium
* Brazil
* Canada
* Colombia
* Croatia
* Croatia
* France
* France
* Germany
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Great Britain
* Italy
* Italy
* Japan
* Kazakhstan
* Netherlands
* New Zealand
* Poland
* Portugal
* Russia
* Russia
* Slovakia
* Spain
* Spain
* United States
* United States

Women’s Doubles
* Australia
* Australia
* Belarus
* Belgium
* Canada
* China
* China
* Chinese Taipei
* Croatia
* Czech Republic
* Czech Republic
* France
* France
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Hungary
* India
* Japan
* Kazakhstan
* Latvia
* Netherlands
* Poland
* Romania
* Russia
* Russia
* Spain
* Spain
* Switzerland
* Ukraine
* Ukraine
* United States
* United States

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