Which tennis players will play their first Olympic Games in Tokyo?

Five years have passed since Rio 2016, enough time for the professional circuit to have taken several turns in terms of names and protagonists. A five-year period where we have experienced the birth of our stars and also the blackout of others. This, added to the immense amount of casualties that we will see in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 Due to COVID, restrictions, injuries and personal decisions, it has caused that almost 70% of tennis players are newcomers at an Olympics. Send the new, the young, the unknown, although in the dressing room we also find some classic profiles who already know what this is about.


A table of 64 players (exactly the same as the female) and where 48 of them will be debutants. Or what is the same a 75% The board will be made up of tennis players who step on the Olympic games for the first time. Regarding veterans, this is the list

Second Olympic Games (8)

Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) John Millman (Australia) Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) Taro Daniel (Japan) Joao Sousa (Portugal) Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) Yuichi Sugita (Japan)

Third Olympic Games (2)

Gael Monfils (France) Fabio Fognini (Italy)

Fourth Olympic Games (5):

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Kei Nishikori (Japan) Marin Cilic (Croatia) Andy Murray (Great Britain) Gilles Simon (France)

[Especial mención también para el doblista Marcelo Melo (Brasil), que también acude a su cuarta olimpiada]

Fifth Olympic Games (1)

Yen-Hsun Lu (Chinese Taipei)


If we move to the women’s team, we find again 64 candidates for gold, although this time the percentage of debutants is a little lower. A total of 41 tennis players will experience for the first time the excitement of the Olympic Games, or what is the same, a 64% of the total number of participants. Curiously, here we also find a privileged woman who can boast of being immersed in the fifth Olympics of her career.

Second Olympic Games (14)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) Misaki Doi (Japan) Magda Linette (Poland) Caroline Garcia (France) Qiang Wang (China) Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) Nao Hibino (Japan) Laura Siegemund (Germany) Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) , Mona Barthel (Germany) Kristina Mladenovic (France) Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) Saisai Zheng (China)

Third Olympic Games (5)

Heather Watson (Great Britain) Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) Veronica Cepede Royg (Paraguay) Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)

Fourth Olympic Games (3)

Sara Errani (Italy) Alizé Cornet (France) Carla Suárez (Spain)

[Mención especial también para las doblistas Elena Vesnina (Rusia) y Sania Mirza (India), que también acuden por cuarta ocasión a una cita olímpica]

Fifth Olympic Games (1)

Samantha Stosur (Australia)

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