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Roland Garros in Paris, set to host the 2024 Olympic Games, may look familiar to tennis fans, but the format of Olympic tennis takes a markedly different approach than any of the season’s four major tournaments.

The Paris 2024 Olympics, which will run from Saturday, July 27 to Sunday, August 4, feature a 64-player draw for each singles event (men’s and women’s), a 32-team doubles tournament for men and women, and a 16-team mixed doubles draw. How players will participate in the tournament and the schedule of events are slightly different than usual.

How Do Tennis Players Qualify for the 2024 Olympics?

Just like a regular tour event, a player’s ATP or WTA ranking is a major factor in determining qualification for Olympic tennis, but there are a few additional boxes to tick.

Of the 64 players in the singles draw, tour rankings determine 56 of these places, called direct admission. However, ranking alone is not enough. A player ranked in the top 56 in the world on June 10, 2024 must also have qualified for a Davis Cup (men’s) or Billie Jean King Cup (women’s) event to meet International Tennis Federation eligibility. Exceptions are made.

There is also a limit of one athlete per country. Each national Olympic committee can send 12 athletes in total, six per gender and only four in singles, two doubles teams and one mixed doubles team.

This means that if an athlete is ranked in the top 56 in the world but not in the top four in their country, they will not automatically receive direct admission. These direct admission spots then go to the next highest ranked player in the world. Additionally, if a player eligible for direct admission declines an Olympic invitation, a spot will open up for them one spot down the rankings.

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The final singles places are essentially wild cards, with places available for athletes based on performances at recent regional games such as the Pan American Games, one place for the host nation if necessary, and two places for a previous Olympic singles gold medalist or major champion who has not qualified, with direct admission into each singles draw. These places go to players in the top 400 (including, in Paris, Andy Murray of Great Britain and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland). If more than two players meet the criteria, the athlete with the most titles is given priority.

Players can also use protected and custom rankings, as Rafael Nadal does, allowing them to maintain their ranking in the top 56 prior to an injury, for example.

Things can get a little tricky for doubles. Any doubles player ranked in the top 10 will qualify, but only if they have an eligible partner ranked in the top 300 from their country. After that, spots are allocated using the combined rankings of the partners.

Players who have already qualified in singles or doubles may form one of 16 mixed doubles teams, one pair per country. If more than 16 teams participate, the final draw will be determined by the combined rankings of the partners.

The 2024 entry list includes 184 players from 41 countries across five events.

Americans Playing Olympic Tennis in 2024

The United States has reached its four-player limit in each Olympic tennis singles draw. The women’s team consists of Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Danielle Collins and Emma Navarro in singles and Desirae Krawczyk in doubles. Krawczyk will pair with Collins, while Gauff and Pegula will make up the other doubles duo. Madison Keys declined the singles invitation.

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On the men’s side, three of the top four American men — Ben Shelton, Frances Tiafoe and Sebastian Korda — have declined Olympic invitations. The four men’s singles players are Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Chris Eubanks and Marcos Giron. Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek will pair up in doubles, with Fritz and Paul making up the other American men’s doubles team.

Following Wimbledon, the full draw will be announced, along with the sole American mixed doubles team.

Olympics 2024 Tennis Schedule

With only half the number of singles players at the Olympics compared to a major, the tennis event schedule more closely resembles what we see at the week-long Masters. The event kicks off on Saturday, July 27 (the morning after the Opening Ceremony on the Seine) and runs through next weekend. The women’s singles gold medal match will be played on Saturday, August 3, and the men’s singles gold medal match will be played on Sunday, August 4. In Olympic style, the bronze medal matches will be played on the same day as the gold medal matches.

Summer Olympics 2024 Tennis Site

Just as the famous Wimbledon courts were used for the Olympics at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Paris is also delving into history and featuring Roland Garros as the tournament’s host venue. Originally opened in 1928, the modernised venue will feature 12 match courts and six training courts, including the 15,000-seat Court Philippe Chatrier and the 9,000-seat Court Suzanne Lenglen, both with retractable roofs.

History of Tennis as an Olympic Sport

Tennis is nothing new to the Olympics. The sport featured at the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, but was dropped after the 1924 event due to questions about how to define amateur players. Tennis returned as a demonstration event in both Mexico in 1968 and Los Angeles in 1984, but did not fully return until Seoul in 1988. It has remained a mainstay of the Olympic program ever since.