Men’s world number one Novak Djokovic will begin his search for the Golden Slam against Bolivian’s Hugo Delien in the first round of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Djokovic is trying to become the first person to finish a Golden Slam, winning all four major tennis tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
Djokovic recently won Wimbledon for his 20th career Grand Slam title, defeating Italian Mario Beretini in the final. The Serbian confirmed that he will participate in the Olympic Games after the end of Wimbledon.
The draws took place on Thursday, two days before the opening of the hard court game at Ariake Tennis Park.
Two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray received a solid opener against 15th-ranked Canadian Felix Auger Aliasime in ninth place.
In another intriguing match from the first round, the local star Kay Nishikori took part against the fifth placed Andrey Rublev from ROC.
Second-placed Daniil Medvedev opens against Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan, and third-placed Stefanos Tsitsipas meets with Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.
Interestingly, Medvedev could meet with Sumit Nagal if the Indian wins his first round match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
Half of the top 10 men’s players are not in Tokyo, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Beretini and Denis Shapovalov missing for various reasons.
Serena Williams and Simona Halep also do not play.
In the women’s draw, Naomi Osaka’s first match in nearly two months will come against China’s 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament.
Second-placed Osaka, which hosts Japan and is one of the best names in the Games, is back in the race after retiring from the French Open after the first round to take a break for mental health.
Osaka holds a 2-1 career advantage over Zheng.
The first strong opponent Osaka can face is No. 16 Kiki Bertens, who is playing the last tournament of her career. Iga Suatek, champion of the French Open in 2020, is a possible opponent in the quarterfinals for Osaka.
Best-placed Ash Barty – the newly crowned Wimbledon champion – will make her Olympic debut for Australia against Sarah Soribes Tormo of Spain.
Barty also plays doubles with Storm Sanders.
The game starts on Saturday.
(With AP inputs)