One of the most important sports venues in the world will host the Olympic Games Paris 2024 tennis competition: the clay courts of the headquarters of the French Tennis Federation where French Open will take place will be the scene of a battle for the Olympic medals which promises to be quite simply historic.
Will we see another Olympic effort from legends such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal? Which can Carlos Alcaraz achieve over the next two years?
What is certain is that Paris 2024 will be the seventh time that the Olympic tennis tournament will be played on clay, the first since Barcelona 1992.
The Olympic qualification system is out, with no significant changes since Tokyo 2020. Find out how tennis players can secure their place at the next Olympic Games.
What is the tennis qualification course for Paris 2024?
Paris 2024 will host the five traditional events (men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles), providing for 172 quotas. The total number of athletes depends on the number of players who participate in more than one event.
Each NOC can qualify up to 12 athletessix per gender, represented by up to four players (highest ranked in their country) in each of the singles draws, two entries into each of the doubles draws, and a single entry in mixed doubles.
To be eligible, athletes must follow ITF (International Tennis Federation) eligibility rules, including participation in the Davis Cup (men) and Billie Jean King Cup (women), but exceptions may apply. apply.
The ATP (men) and the WTA (women) rankings of June 10, 2024 – just after Roland-Garros – determine the majority of athletes who will qualify.
The singles draws will include 64 players for each competition. The ranking determines 56 (direct acceptances), respecting the maximum quota of four per NOC. France has one guaranteed place per event as host country, but will not use it if the French athletes have already qualified. Six other quotas are ITF places, and another is a Universality place.
ITF places are awarded to winners or runners-up of continental competitions in the Americas (men’s and women’s singles finalists at the 2023 Pan American Games), Asia (men’s and women’s singles champions at the Asian Games 2022) and Africa (singles masculine and feminine). champions at the 2023 All Africa Games).
The other two ITF places are reserved for Olympic or Grand Slam singles champions who have not qualified by other criteria, provided they are in the top 400 in singles and their NOC does not exceed their maximum quota .
Each doubles event includes 32 teams, maximum two per NOC. The first to qualify are the top 10 players in the ATP and WTA dual rankings, as long as they have an available partner from the same NOC in the top 300 of all rankings, and the partner nomination does not override the NOC . their maximum quota.
After that, the quotas are distributed using the combined ranking of the partners. Finally, priority goes to teams that already have qualified players for a singles event.
Mixed doubles qualification
Only athletes already qualified for singles or doubles can participate in one of the 16 mixed doubles teams, with one team per NOC allowed. Qualification is decided by the combined ranking of partners.
Tennis players to watch at Paris 2024
Things can change quickly in the world of tennis, but audiences are sure to get a chance to see some of the game’s legends, like the two-time Olympic gold medalist Rafael Nadalbronze medalist 2008 Novak Djokovicfive-time medalist Venus Williamsfour-time gold medalist Serena Williamsdouble medalist Roger Federerand double gold medalist Andy Murray.
Tokyo 2020 women’s singles champion Switzerland Belinda Bencic will have fierce competition in Paris, especially if Iga Swiatek Poland continues to dominate the women’s circuit. The current world No. 1 also has the advantage of being an expert on clay.
Carlos Alcaraz was unable to compete in Tokyo as Spain had already reached their maximum quota. But it’s hard to imagine the 19-year-old not getting his Olympic chance this time around, trying to repeat the feat of Alexander Zverev in 2021.
Locals to back their biggest shot for a gold medal, multi-doubles Grand Slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert. However, the duo will have to overcome an Olympic “curse”: they lost in the first round in Rio and Tokyo. There’s no better place to rest than the courts where they won two French Open titles.
Timeline of tennis qualifications for Paris 2024
- June 10, 2024 (to be confirmed): Date of single and double classifications to determine direct acceptances (the first classification after the conclusion of Roland Garros).
- June 12, 2024 (to be confirmed): The ITF will notify NOCs/National Associations of qualified athletes.
- June 19, 2024 (to be confirmed): NOCs/national associations must confirm the entry of qualified athletes and submit nominations for the men’s and women’s doubles events.
- July 8, 2024: The ITF reallocates any unused places.
- July 8, 2024: Deadline for sports registrations in Paris 2024.
- To confirm : End of the late reassignment procedure.
- Until the end of the first round of matches in each event: Replacements of final withdrawals.
- July 26 – August 11, 2024: Olympic Games Paris 2024
- To confirm : Deadline for the ITF to receive NOC entries for the Mixed Doubles event.