Coco Gauff, Jennifer Brady Lead US Olympic Team


WIMBLEDON, Great Britain (AP) – Coco Gauff and Jennifer Brady will lead the United States Olympic team that will contest the Tokyo tournament without the top-ranked two women and four men, according to the roster accessed by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The roster of players heading to Japan includes 17-year-old Gauff, 2021 Australian Open runner-up Brady, Jessica Pegula and Alison Riske on the women’s side. Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Tennys Sandgren and Marcos Giron will be the men’s representatives.

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Notable absences: Serena and Venus Williams, who have nine Olympic medals, 30 Grand Slam titles in singles and 14 in doubles.

Sofia Kenin, the Australian Open champion and 2020 Ronald Garros runner-up, is currently the highest-ranked American at sixth place in the world ranks, but she chose not to participate.

“It was a difficult decision, but I spoke about it and discussed it with my agents,” Kenin said after a 6-2, 6-4 loss to compatriot Madison Brengle in the second round at Wimbledon. “He couldn’t go with anyone and he definitely wanted someone.”

The Tokyo Games were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 cases continue to grow in the host city. The fair will begin on July 23, less than two weeks after the Wimbledon final.

Serena Williams, eighth in the world, dropped out over the weekend. He injured his right leg during Tuesday’s match and had to withdraw from the tournament.

Brady, 15th-ranked in the WTA, Gauff – who reached the quarterfinals of the French Open this year – ranks 23rd, Pegula 26th and Riske 29th.

The top four Americans in the ATP rankings Reilly Opelka, John Isner, Taylor Fritz and Sebastian Korda, decided not to participate, as did sixth best American Sam Querrey. Korda decided not to go along with her sisters and golf stars Nelly and Jessica Korda.

In his place, according to the last men’s classification will be Tommy Paul, number 52 in the world; Frances Tiafoe, in 57th place; Marcos Giron, in the 66th position; and Tennys Sandgren, issue 68.

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