The WTA and ATP Tour -- the governing bodies for women's and men's professional tennis -- updated their world rankings following the French Open, indicating the automatic qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The top 56 players of each gender earn automatic bids, though only four can qualify per country. For the U.S. women, that means that top-30-ranked players Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys are currently shut out by Sofia Kenin (No. 5), Serena Williams (No. 8), Jennifer Brady (No. 14) and Coco Gauff (No. 23). Williams, however, has cast doubt on whether she will go to Tokyo if her young daughter is not allowed to travel with her.
World No. 2 Naomi Osaka, who represents Japan, could be one of the biggest stars of the Tokyo Games -- if she chooses to attend. The 23-year-old recently withdrew from the French Open after facing backlash from Grand Slam organizers for saying she would not participate in press conferences at the tournament. In a statement explaining the decision, Osaka said she would be taking time away from the sport.
The U.S. has five men ranked in the top 56: Reilly Opelka (No. 32), John Isner (No. 33), Taylor Fritz (No. 36), Tommy Paul (No. 50) and Sebastian Korda (No. 52). Opelka and Isner have both said that they will not go to Tokyo, however.
The singles draws will include 64 players in total, with the final eight spots filled via International Tennis Federation places.
Automatic spots have also been announced for the top 10 men’s and women’s doubles pairs. The United States Tennis Association can elect not to nominate any doubles players, or between one and four doubles players per gender, based on the number of singles players for each gender who qualify for selection and a determination by USTA as to the best combination of players for the greatest medal potential at the Olympics.