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Coco Gauff headlines U.S. Olympic tennis team

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Coco Gauff headings U.S. Olympic tennis group

The U.S. Olympic tennis group will certainly head to Tokyo this month without several of its typical celebrity power, driving 17-year-old Coco Gauff right into a leading function.

Serena Williams and also Sofia Kenin, the top-two rated ladies in the U.S., both decided versus contending in this year’s Olympics. The nation’s top-four rated guys likewise determined not to take part.

Gauff, that was rated No. 23 on the planet prior to she defeated Elena Vesnina in the 2nd round of Wimbledon on Thursday, will certainly end up being the youngest tennis gamer to contend at the Olympics considering that 1992, when a 16-year-old Jennifer Capriati won gold.

Gauff will certainly be participated the ladies’s solitary competition by Americans Jessica Pegula, Alison Riske and also Jennifer Brady — that was the runner-up at the 2021 Australian Open.

Without the leading 4 guys, No. 52 Tommy Paul, No. 57 Frances Tiafoe, No. 66 Marcos Giron and also No. 68 Tennys Sandgren will certainly bet the U.S. in the guys’s songs brace. Tiafoe defeated No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday at Wimbledon, and also he’ll contend in the 3rd round Friday.

No. 8-ranked Williams pulled out after she injured her leg throughout her suit Tuesday. Williams has actually won 4 Olympic gold medals in her job — one in ladies’s songs and also 3 together with her sibling, Venus, in the dual’s competitors.

Kenin, rated No. 6 on the planet, won the Australian Open and also ended up second at the French Open in 2020. Kenin shed in the 2nd round at Wimbledon on Wednesday to Madison Brengle, and also she introduced she wouldn’t include in the Olympics.

“That was a difficult decision, but I spoke and discussed that with my agents,” Kenin stated after the suit, through the Associated Press. “I couldn’t take anyone with me, and I definitely wanted to have someone. Of course, I love the Olympics. It was a tough one, like I said.”

The International Tennis Federation noted that “entry lists are still subject to change,” yet there are a lot of various other celebrity names consisted of in the Olympics. No. 1-ranked Ash Barty of Australia and also No. 2 Naomi Osaka of Japan will certainly heading the ladies’s songs competitors. On the guys’s songs side, No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and also No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia will certainly contend, in addition to No. 8 Roger Federer of Switzerland, to name a few.

 

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