Tennis at Tokyo 2020: New qualification procedures updated

Andy Murray of Great Britain hits during the men's second round singles match against Juan Monaco of Argentina at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Andy Murray of Great Britain hits during the men's second round singles match against Juan Monaco of Argentina at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has released its adjustments to the qualifying system for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which have been postponed until 2021. 

In line with the revised qualification principles for Tokyo 2020 that have addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the timing of the Games, a new qualifying system for tennis events has been released by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

New qualifying period

The qualification process is based on ATP rankings for men and WTA rankings for women.

There will be 56 direct qualifications per gender in the singles competition based on the aforementioned rankings, in addition to 64 for the doubles competitions and 32 for mixed doubles.

The period in which athletes can accumulate points has been extended until 7 June 2021.

Confirmation process for quotas

The International Tennis Federation will now be required to confirm the names of qualified athletes to the National Olympic Committees (NOC) by no later than 10 June 2021.

NOCs will then be required to confirm whether they wish to use these quota places to the ITF by no later than 17 June 2021.

Tennis events at Tokyo 2020

There will be five tennis events: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. The format will be a single-elimination tournament for each one of those events.

In singles, 64 athletes per gender will compete.

In doubles, there will be 64 athletes per gender competing as 32 teams.

In mixed doubles, 32 athletes will qualify and compete as 16 teams.