Naomi Osaka has been appointed as the representative of the Tokyo Olympics for tennis, and Kei Nishikori and Yoshihito Nishioka have been nominated for the men's singles.
According to the Japan Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation notified us of the right to participate in the Tokyo Olympics on the 16th.
According to this, three women, Osaka and Nishikori and Nishioka, won the right to participate in the singles and were appointed as the representatives of the Tokyo Olympics.
Osaka and Nishioka will participate for the first time, and Nishikori will participate in the Olympic Games for the fourth consecutive time.
The right to participate in singles is assigned to one country and region up to 4 slots for men and women, and in the future, if a player who declines in the top ranking in the world is declined, a Japanese player who will get the right to participate will It may increase.
As for doubles, one pair of men and women can participate in the host country frame, so the Japan Tennis Association will make a recommendation to the International Tennis Federation based on the tour results, and if this is approved, it will be nominated as the Olympic representative.
Naomi Osaka is 23 years old born in Osaka.
Having a father from Haiti and a Japanese mother, he moved to the United States at the age of three.
With a height of 1 meter and 80 centimeters, a serve of nearly 200 km / h and a powerful stroke make tennis full of power.
After turning professional in 2013, he entered the tour in earnest and won second place in the tour tournament held in Tokyo in 2016. In that year, he was the first Japanese female player to win the award for the best rookie of the women's tour. It was chosen.
And in 2018, at the US Open, he won the first Japanese player to win the singles of the four major tournaments.
After that, he won the Australian Open in 2019, the US Open last year, and the Australian Open this year, and has won the four major tournaments four times so far.
One of his dreams is to win the gold medal at the Olympics, and Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who has won the gold medal in the Olympic track and field men's 100 meters for three consecutive tournaments as a player he has longed for since childhood. I'm giving.
Kei Nishikori is 31 years old from Shimane prefecture.
He discovered his talent when he was in elementary school and studied abroad at the American Tennis Academy at the age of 12.
He turned professional at the age of 17 in the fall of 2007 and won his first tour victory in February 2008 when he was 18 years old.
From the 2014 season, under the guidance of former world ranking No. 2 coach Michael Chang, he improved the accuracy of serve and stroke through thorough repetitive practice and learned aggressive tennis that makes use of his unique footwork. ..
In May 2014, he was ranked 10th in the world and was the first Japanese man to enter the top 10, and in September he was runner-up at the US Open and was the first Japanese man to advance to the finals of the four major tournaments.
After that, he continued to play an active role as a top player, marking the highest 4th place in the world ranking, and won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, bringing Japan the first medal in 96 years.
However, after that, he suffered from injury, and in August 2017, he injured his right wrist during practice and missed the tournament for five months, and the world ranking dropped to the 20th place.
The following year, he returned to the tour and returned to the top 10 again, including his first Top 8 at the Wimbledon Championship, but in October 2019 he left the tour due to a painful right elbow surgery. ..
In addition, the tour tournament in August last year, which was scheduled to return for the first time in about 10 months, tested positive for the new coronavirus, and the return was delayed to September.
At the beginning of my return, I couldn't get the results I expected because I couldn't get the feeling of the match, but at the French Open this year, I won the match that was held for more than 8 hours in the first and second rounds for two years. It has advanced to the 4th round for the first time and is showing signs of recovery.
The winning percentage of the tangled match up to the final 5th set marked the highest 78.8% of active players at the end of the French Open, and it is also called "Five Set King" in the tennis world.
Yoshihito Nishioka is 25 years old from Mie prefecture.
Although he is 1 meter and 70 centimeters tall, he is a left-handed player who has a tenacious play that makes the best use of his good footwork.
From the third year of junior high school, I studied abroad at the same American tennis academy as Kei Nishikori, and seven years ago, I turned professional at the age of 18.
Seven years ago, at the Incheon Asian Games, he won the gold medal for the first time in 40 years as a Japanese player in the men's singles.
In March 2017, he advanced to the top 16 in the tour tournament rated after the four major tournaments, and was expected to make a further leap, but in the tournament immediately after that, he suffered a serious injury that ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. I did.
The following year, when he returned to the actual battle in January 2018 for the first time in about 10 months, he won the tour tournament in China, which was ranked 171st in the world in October, and became the fifth Japanese male singles player to win the tour. It was.
At the four major tournaments, it's best to have advanced to the third round at the Australian Open last year.