Overview

Tennis at the Tokyo Games will comprise five medal events:

  • Men’s Singles
  • Men’s Doubles
  • Women’s Singles
  • Women’s Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles

The Olympic tennis competition uses a tournament bracket format. 

Matches:

  • Each tennis match is best two-out-of-three sets.

Sets:

  • Each set (with the exception of the third set in doubles) is first to six games (win by two). If tied at 6 games all, a tiebreak will be held (more below).

Games:

  • Games must be won by two points
  • Points are awarded as follows:
    • Zero points: Love
    • First point: 15
    • Second point: 30
    • Third point: 40
    • Fourth point: Game
  • If tied at 40-40, score is referred to as “deuce.” When the score reaches deuce, one player or team will need to win at least two points in a row to win the game.

Men’s/Women’s Singles

  • Single-elimination tournament with a 64-person draw (six rounds), played on hard courts
  • Every match (men’s and women’s) is best-of-three sets (the men’s final is no longer best-of-five sets)
  • A tiebreak (first to seven points, win by two) is played if the score reaches six-all in any set, including the final set
  • Semifinal losers compete against each other for the bronze medal, while semifinal winners face each other for the gold medal
  • The average set takes about 40 minutes and the average match takes about an hour and 40 minutes
    • A blowout set can take 20-30 minutes and a very close set can take 60-70 minutes

Men’s/Women’s Doubles

  • Single-elimination tournament with a 32-team draw (five rounds), played on hard courts
  • Every match is best-of-three sets, however, a tiebreak (first to 10 points, win by two) is played instead of a full third set (in past Olympics, a full third set was played for men’s and women’s doubles)
  • Semifinal losers compete against each other for the bronze medal, while semifinal winners face each other for the gold medal
  • The average set takes about 35 minutes and the average match takes about an hour and 20 minutes
    • A blowout set can take about 20 minutes and a very close set can take 50-60 minutes
    • The third-set tiebreak takes about 15 minutes

Mixed Doubles

  • Single-elimination tournament with a 16-team draw (four rounds), played on hard courts
  • Each team is comprised of one man and one woman
  • Every match is best-of-three sets, however, a tiebreak (first to 10 points, win by two) is played instead of a full third set
  • Semifinal losers compete against each other for the bronze medal, while semifinal winners face each other for the gold medal
  • The average set takes about 35 minutes and the average match takes about an hour and 20 minutes
    • A blowout set can take about 20 minutes and a very close set can take 50-60 minutes
    • The third-set tiebreak takes about 15 minutes

More information:

Official Tokyo site – Tennis

United States Tennis Association

International Tennis Federation