Serbia’s newcomer Djokovic, Switzerland’s Roger Federer, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Australia’s Ash Barty are on the lists for the Tokyo Olympics, announced by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday.
However, as the ITF notes, “Entry lists are still subject to change.”
Federer, for his part, said last weekend that he would wait until Wimbledon ended on July 11 to decide whether to head to Japan.
Djokovic made it clear that he would like to pursue a Golden Slam, something only Steffi Graf did in 1988: winning four major tennis tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in the same year. He won the Australian Open in February and the French Open last month and is due to play his third round of Wimbledon on Friday.
The Olympics will mark Osaka’s return to the race after she withdrew from the French Open after the first round to take a break for mental health.
The summer games open on July 23, and the tennis competition – which will be played on hard courts – begins the next day.
Eligibility is based on the June 14 ranking. This was the day after the French Open.
Currently, seven of the Top 10 players in the WTA and ATP rankings are on the rosters on Thursday.
For women it is No. 1 Barty, No. 2 Osaka, No. 4 Arina Sabalenka from Belarus, No. 5 Elina Svitolina from Ukraine, No. 7 Bianca Andrescu from Canada, No. 9 Iga Suatek from Poland and No. 10 Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic.
For men it is No. 1 Djokovic, No. 2 Daniil Medvedev from Russia, No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, No. 6 Alexander Zverev from Germany, No. 7 Andrei Rublev from Russia, No. 8 Federer and No. 9 Mateo Beretini from Italy.
Missing women: Simona Halep of Romania and Americans Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin.
Williams said before Wimbledon that he would not go to the Games in Tokyo, and then injured his right leg during his match in the first round of Center Court and must stop playing.
Men not on the list: Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut and Austrian Dominique Thiem.
On the list: Two-time defender of British Olympic champion Andy Murray, who received a special exemption because he has the most Olympic and Grand Slam titles from players whose ranking was not good enough to win direct participation.
Monica Puigo of Puerto Rico, who won the gold medal for women in singles at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, had already said she would not be able to compete in Tokyo because she had surgery on her right shoulder.