Menezes and Podoroska won gold in singles tennis after a three-set final at the 2019 Pan American Games. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes qualify provided that they reached the semi-finals. Tennis at the Pan American Games was held in Lima, Peru from July 29th to August 4th 2019.
The women’s singles saw a big upset in the first round as Canada’s Rebecca Marino lost to Brazil’s Carolina Alves. Alves would make the most of her opportunity by making the semi-finals before losing to fourth seed Caroline Dolehide of the United States. The top seed Veronica Cepede Royg lost in the semi-finals to seventh seed Nadia Podoroska of Argentina. The final required a tie breaker as Dolehide and and Podoroska split the first two sets and ended the third set 6-6. Podoroska won the tie break 7-4 to win gold. The bronze medal was won by Cepede Royg whom defeated Alves 2-0 (6-3, 6-4).
Top seed Nicolas Jarry of Chile lost in the quarter-finals in the men’s singles to Brazil’s Joao Menezes whom then proceeded to defeat Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis to reach the finals. The other semi-final match also did not go Argentina’s way as Guido Andreozzi lost to Chile’s Tomas Barrios in a three-set match. The final went to a third set with Menezes winning over Barrios 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. The bronze medal was won by Andreozzi (6-4, 7-5).
As a reminder, all qualified athletes must have a ranking of at least 300 on June 8th 2020 in order to be eligible to compete. Additionally, the world rankings will have priority so should a nation qualify the maximum number of athletes through that method then the quota will also be reallocated. The next continental qualification tournament will be at the 2019 African Games.