Dates, format, tickets, Djokovic: Everything you always wanted to know about the 2024 Olympic Games (but never had time to find out)

From dates, to format, tickets and player list, here’s everything you always wanted to know about the tennis at the 2024 Olympics

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When are the 2024 Olympics?

The 2024 Olympic Games will run from Friday 26 July to Sunday 11 August, 2024. During this time, tennis will be contested from Saturday 27 July through to Sunday 4 August.

Who is the defending champion at the 2024 Olympics?

Germany’s Alexander Zverev won the men’s gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Karen Khachanov claimed the silver medal, while Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta won the bronze.

In the women’s event, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland claimed the gold medal, while Marketa Vondrousova won the silver and Elina Svitolina the bronze.

Other medallists at the 2024 Olympics included:

  • Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic – men’s doubles gold medal
  • Ivan Dodig/Marin Cilic – men’s doubles silver medal
  • Michael Venus/Marcus Daniell – men’s doubles bronze medal
  • Andrey Rublev/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – mixed doubles gold medal
  • Aslan Karatsev/Elena Vesnina – mixed doubles silver medal
  • Ashleigh Barty/John Peers – mixed doubles bronze medal
  • Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova – women’s doubles gold medal
  • Belinda Bencic/Viktorija Golubic – women’s doubles silver medal
  • Laura Pigossi/Luisa Veras Stefani – women’s doubles bronze medal

Are tickets on sale for the 2024 Olympics?

Yes, a step-by-step guide to purchasing tickets for the 2024 Olympics can be viewed here, on the official Olympics website.

Who will be playing tennis at the 2024 Olympics?

The official player list has not been released yet for the 2024 Olympics. However, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have both made it clear that they would like to compete at the 2024 Olympics, with Djokovic pursuing his first Olympic medal, and Murray looking to claim an incredible third gold medal.

What is the format of the tennis at the 2024 Olympics?

The men’s and women’s singles events will be 64-player draws, following a standard best-of-three sets knockout structure. The men’s and women’s doubles events will be 32-pair draws, while the mixed doubles will be a 16-pair draw.

When was tennis first included in the Olympics?

Tennis was part of the Summer Olympics from the inaugural edition in 1896. However, it did not feature consistently, as after the 1924 Olympics the sport was dropped due to a disagreement over how to define amateur players between the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the International Olympic Committee. It returned in the 1988 Summer Olympics, and has been a staple ever since.

What surface will the 2024 Olympics tennis be contested on?

The 2024 Olympics tennis will be played on clay at Stade Roland-Garros. This is the first time since 1992 that the Olympics tennis has been played on clay courts, where it was played on clay in Barcelona.

Where are the 2024 Olympics tennis events being held?

The 2024 Olympics will include five events – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles, providing a total of 172 quotas. The total number of athletes who will participate will depend on how many players compete in more than one event.

Each NOC can qualify up to 12 athletes, six men and six women, represented by up to four players (the best ranked within their country) in each of the singles draws, two entries in each of the doubles draws, and only one entry in mixed doubles.

In order to be eligible to play the Olympics, players must follow the ITF eligibility rules, including participation in the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup. The world rankings as of June 10, 2024 will be used as the cut-off to determine the qualifiers.

For more information, you can read the eligibility rules at this link.

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