TOKYO — Naomi Osaka‘s first match in almost two months will come in opposition to 52nd-ranked Saisai Zheng of China in the opening spherical of the Olympic tennis tournament.
The second-seeded Osaka, who represents host Japan and is without doubt one of the prime names on the Video games, is returning to competitors after she withdrew from the French Open following the primary spherical to take a psychological well being break.
Osaka holds a 2-1 profession edge over Zheng.
The primary seeded opponent Osaka might face is No. 16 Kiki Bertens, who’s enjoying the ultimate tournament of her profession. Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, is a attainable quarterfinal opponent for Osaka.
Within the males’s draw, top-ranked Novak Djokovic will open in opposition to No. 139 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia.
Djokovic is making an attempt to turn into the primary man to finish a Golden Slam by successful all 4 main tennis tournaments and an Olympic singles gold medal in the identical yr.
Djokovic not too long ago received Wimbledon for his twentieth profession Grand Slam title, after opening the yr by successful the Australian and French opens.
Attracts had been held Thursday, two days earlier than play opens on the arduous courts at Ariake Tennis Park.
Two-time defending Olympic champion Andy Murray acquired a troublesome opener in opposition to Fifteenth-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, who’s seeded ninth.
One other intriguing first-round match options Kei Nishikori of Japan in opposition to fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia.
Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev opens in opposition to Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, and third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.
Half of the highest 10 males’s gamers usually are not in Tokyo, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov all lacking for varied causes.
On the ladies’s aspect, Serena Williams and Simona Halep usually are not enjoying.
High-seeded Ash Barty — the freshly topped Wimbledon champion — will make her Olympic debut for Australia in opposition to Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain.
Barty can also be enjoying doubles with Storm Sanders.
Play begins Saturday.