Andy Murray gets a chance to win a gold hat-trick at the Olympics. The World Tennis Association has awarded IDF to the winner of London 2012 and Rio 2016 to kick off the Summer Games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8). The IDF recognized Murray’s contribution to the Olympics and Grand Slams.
Murray, who plays with a prosthetic hip joint, is currently in the third round of the classic lawn game at Wimbledon. He had a five-set victory over Cologne qualifier Oscar Otte on Wednesday. In Tokyo, however, the crowd’s preference is not one of the favorites.
Participants’ departments are led by world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Ashley Party (Australia). The nine-man German team is led by Alexander Schwerev (Hamburg) and Angelique Gerber (Kiel).
There will be a new winner in the women’s singles category. Monica Puig (Puerto Rico), who defeated Gerber in the final in Rio, should be injured. There are other cancellations from key players as well.
Men’s Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal (Spain), US Open winner Dominic Theme (Austria), three – time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) and world number twelve Denis Shapovalov (Canada) were absent. Swiss superstar Federer does not want to determine the start of the Olympics after Wimbledon.
In the women’s division, world number three Simona Halep (Romania) and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams (USA) have already announced their discounts.