TOKYO: Second seed Naomi Osaka of Japan will take on China’s 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai in the first round of the Tokyo Olympic tennis tournament, her first match in two months. Osaka, a strong medal hopeful at the Tokyo Olympics, withdrew after the first round of the French Open citing mental health reasons.
Osaka could face 16th seed Kiki Bertens in the next round, whose last tournament of her career. She can then play in the quarter-finals against 2020 French Open champion Inga Sviatec.
In the men’s section, top player Novak Djokovic will face 139th-ranked Bolivia’s Huzo Delien. Djokovic is looking to become the first man to win all four Grand Slam and Olympic singles gold in the same year. He has won the Australia Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year.
Two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray will play Canadian ninth seed Felix Agar Eliasime in the first round. At the same time, Daniil Medvedev will face Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan.
Greece’s Stofanos Tsitsipas, seeded third, will face Germany’s Philipp Kollschreiber. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Mateo Berettini and Denis Shapovalov are not playing in the men’s section.
At the same time, Serena Williams and Simona Halep will not play in the women’s section. Top seed and recent Wimbledon winner Ash Barty will face Spain’s Sara Tormo in the first round.