Newly renovated Ariake Tennis Park is ready to host some of the best players in the world in July next year at the ninth modern Olympic Games tennis tournament in Tokyo. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games have unveiled the tournament schedule, with nine days of action between July 25 - August 2 and ‘Super Saturday’ and ‘Golden Sunday’ that should highlight the event.
In the opening six days, 12 hard courts at Ariake Tennis Park will host the early round encounters in men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles categories, with the men's singles third round and quarter-final clashes scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
Reducing the schedule to the central courts, Friday brings men's singles semi-finals, men's doubles gold and bronze medal matches and mixed doubles semi-finals, shaping up the draws and carving the path towards the big days on Saturday and Sunday that will catch the attention of the entire tennis world.
On Saturday, men's singles bronze medal clash will kick off the action, followed by women's singles bronze and gold medal encounters and the victory ceremony. Women's doubles and mixed doubles bronze medal clashes are reserved for Court 1 and this should be a grand prelude for Golden Sunday that offers men's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles gold medal battles that conclude the ninth edition of the modern tennis event at the Olympics.
Unlike in the previous eight in Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, the men's singles gold medal match will see the best-of-three sets action instead of regular best-of-five that delivered some incredible gold medal matches in the past, like in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2016.