Following extensive consultation and in the spirit of always keeping the best interests of the health and well-being of the players at the forefront of our decisions, the ITF has announced a time change due to the increased heat and humidity currently experienced in Tokyo.
, Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event matches will begin at 3:00 p.m. starting Thursday, July 29, 2021. The decision to start matches at 3 p.m. JST from Thursday is possible due to the results of the Today's matches in the five competitions that are being organized and to the size of the player field, and is designed to further safeguard the health of the players.
This has been done in consultation with the IOC, Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Broadcast Services, as well as the players, referees, medical experts and other key stakeholders of the Olympic Tennis Event. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event Extreme Weather Policy, which has been in effect throughout the tournament, provides for game modifications once the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) reaches a threshold of 30.1°, including ten minute breaks for both men and women, if requested.
Click here for more information on the Extreme Weather Policy and click here to read the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event Extreme Weather Policy in its entirety. The decision comes after criticism from a large part of the tennis players, as well as the abandonment of Paula Badosa due to heat stroke, which forced him to leave the court in a wheelchair.
Roger Federer, who suffered a setback to his knee during Wimbledon a few weeks ago, is currently spending time away from the tour to rest and recuperate. The Swiss maestro was recently spotted holidaying on the island of Losinj in Croatia along with his wife Mirka and their children.
Wilander speaks about Roger Federer
In a recent interview with Eurosport, three-time Roland Garros champion Mats Wilander spoke about Roger Federer. "Yeah (I was in heaven watching Roger Federer)," Wilander said.
"I mean he's so graceful, it really looked like he hasn't been away at all first of all. But he's so graceful, everything he does - drop shots, the sliced backhands, the serve and volley - every single shot he hits makes me awkward, like an awful tennis player."
According to the 56-year-old Swede, Federer's measured approach in regards to shotmaking and movement around the court could help him remain on the tour for several years, provided he does not sustain a major injury.
"It seems that he does not sweat, he never gives the feeling of getting tired," added Wilander. "It is his best characteristic at the moment, at 39 years old. The key is that he perfectly masters the selection of his shots: he knows when he has to give everything and when he has to recover.
He can win a game in less than a minute. If he doesn't have major physical problems, he can play three or four more years."