India at Tokyo Olympics: India Tennis Draws out: With just 1 day to go for the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the draws for Tennis are out. India’s Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina will face Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Kichenok & Nadiia Kichenok while Sumit Nagal will lock horns against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in round 1. Follow Tokyo Olympics & Indian Tennis Live Streaming on SonyLIV & follow all Live updates about Indian Tennis on InsideSport.co.
India at Tokyo Olympics – Indian Tennis at Tokyo Olympics: Can Sania win her first Olympic medal this time?
India has always had representations in tennis at the Olympics, but only two players have qualified to represent India this time. India will be competing only in a single event – women’s doubles event at this year’s Olympics compared to three events at the last Olympics. Let’s look at the members competing in the women’s doubles event.
Women’s Doubles: Sania Mirza’s and Ankita Raina’s draw:
World No. 137 Sania Mirza and World No. 100 Ankita Raina will face World No. 48 Lyudmyla Kichenok and World No. 44 Nadiia Kichenok in Round 1
Men’s Singles: Sumit Nagal’s draw:
World No. 160 Sumit Nagal will take on World No. 197 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan and if he proceeds to Round 2, he will have to face World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.
India at Tokyo Olympics – Indian Tennis Tokyo Olympics
Sania Mirza & Ankita Raina
Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina are all set to represent India in the women’s doubles event at the Olympics. Sania Mirza will become the first female athlete to represent India at four Olympics, while Ankita Raina will be making her Olympic debut.
Sania Mirza had her rankings protected, so she chose Ankita Raina, and they got the official entry into the tournament.
Sania Mirza had teamed up with Sunith Rao in Beijing in 2008, Rushmi Chakravathi in London in 2012, Prarthana Thombare in Rio 2016, and Ankita Raina will be her fourth different partner on the straight.
World No. 144 Sumit Nagal has made it to the singles draw of the Tokyo Olympics at a very last minute. None of the Indian singles players had qualified directly for the Olympics – but Nagal got lucky on two accounts.
- 1st – India has got an entry into Olympics after various withdrawals by the top players.
- 2nd – If not injured Yuki Bhambri would have got an entry for the Olympics via his protected ranking of 127 on ATP Charts – but as Bhambri is injured Nagal will represent India at the Olympics despite being ranked at 144th on ATP Charts.
India at Tokyo Olympics – Tennis schedule
- Saturday, 24th July, (07:30 – 16:30)
– Women’s Doubles First Round (Sania Mirza & Ankita Raina)
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India at Olympics – India Tennis History at Olympics: Let’s look at the medal won by Leander Paes in the 1996 Olympic Games.
1996 Atlanta Olympics
India had to wait for 44 years to win an individual Olympic medal. Leander Paes ended the individual Olympic medal drought by winning a bronze medal in the Olympics singles event. He lost to Andre Agassi in the semi-finals but defeated Fernando Meligeni to claim the bronze medal.