ITF Press Release, August 4, 2021
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event finished on Sunday 1 August after nine days of thrilling action at the Ariake Tennis Park. While these Games were like none that came before them, they still offered athletes from across the world the chance to represent their nations and compete for Olympic glory.
The event culminated with five exciting gold medal matches, with the champions in all five tennis events winning their first Olympic gold medals. Tennis returns to Tokyo in just over three weeks’ time, with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Event – which will see 104 players compete across men’s, women’s and quad wheelchair events – running from Friday 27 August to Saturday 4 September.
The competition has been enjoyed by sports fans around the world, with millions tuning in on TV and following online. Since mid-July, ITF social media accounts have provided comprehensive coverage of tennis at the Olympics, resulting in 137million impressions and 6.5million engagements.
ITF President David Haggerty said: “We were delighted to see the world’s best tennis players represent their nations in search of Olympic glory. Once again, the players have shown how much competing for an Olympic medal means to them and I would like to congratulate all the athletes who won medals in Tokyo.
“I would like to pay tribute to all the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make to make the Olympic Tennis Event a success, as well as the Tokyo 2020 organising committee (TOCOG), the government of Japan and the IOC. We are already looking forward to Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Event in Tokyo later this month.”
We take a look at some of the key numbers and statistics from the event:
1 – Swiss woman to win Olympic gold in history following Belinda Bencic’s victory at Tokyo 2020
2 – former Youth Olympic Games medallists who won medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event, with Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev becoming the first tennis players to win medals at the Youth Olympics and the Olympics
2 – gold medal matches contested by teams from the same nation, with an all-Croatian men’s doubles final and all-ROC mixed doubles final
3 – medals won by ROC, the most of any nation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event
3 – nations to win medals at the Olympic Tennis Event for the first time: Brazil, New Zealand and Ukraine
4 – tennis players who carried their nation’s flag at the Opening Ceremony: Veronica Cepede Royg, Petra Kvitova, Yen-Hsun Lu and Jelena Ostapenko
4 – match points saved by Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani in the match tiebreak in the women’s doubles bronze medal match before defeating Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina to win Brazil’s first-ever medal in tennis at the Olympics
5 – nations to win gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event: Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, ROC and Switzerland
10 – nations to win medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event overall
13 – nations to contest medal matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event
29 – players who reached medal matches at Tokyo 2020, with Belinda Bencic, Novak Djokovic and Elena Vesnina reaching two medal matches each
30 – nations which have won Olympic medals in tennis since the sport returned to returned to the Games as a full medal sport at Seoul 1988
33 – years since Germany had won a gold medal in singles, with Alexander Zverev becoming the first German player to win Olympic singles gold since Steffi Graf at Seoul 1988
45 – nations who competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event
190 – players who competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event
203 – minutes that Marin Cilic’s and Joao Menezes’ men’s singles first round match lasted, the longest match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event
208 – matches that were played at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event