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Barty, de Minaur, Kyrgios Lead Australian Olympic Workforce


World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will lead Australia’s largest Olympic tennis squad at subsequent month’s Tokyo Video games.

The 25-year-old Barty will go for gold in her Olympic debut main an 11-player crew that options fellow main champion Samantha Stosur, who will make historical past as the primary Australian tennis participant to play 5 Olympics.

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“It’s tremendous particular having the ability to signify your nation in a single Olympics, not to mention 5,” Stosur stated. “I can’t imagine I’m nonetheless going at this time limit, however fortunately I used to be capable of maintain going and make it between London and Tokyo which I didn’t ever assume was going to be on the playing cards.

“In main faculty we did a time capsule. I went to the varsity for the primary yr that it opened, and I wrote in there that I needed to win a Grand Slam, be No.1 on the planet and go to an Olympic Video games. To have completed two out of the three, considering that once I was 9 or 10 years previous, who would’ve thought, is one thing unimaginable.”

Ajla Tomljanovic joins Barty and Stosur as an Australian singles starter. In doubles, Barty is ready to associate Storm Sanders with Stosur enjoying alongside Ellen Perez.

World No. 15 Alex de Minaur, who misplaced his Wimbledon opener to Sebastian Korda right now, former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios, John Millman and James Duckworth are the Australian males’s singles starters. Millman will be part of forces with Luke Saville and John Friends will associate De Minaur in males’s doubles.

Eight of Australia’s 11 gamers are Olympic debutants with Millman and Friends enjoying their second Olympics following the 2016 Rio Video games.

A number of Grand Slam champions together with Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrkina won’t play the Tokyo Olympics set for July Twenty third-August eighth.

Picture credit score: Mark Peterson/Corleve

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