- Notable Olympic tennis dropouts include Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Theim, Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shpovalov, and more.
TOKYO - Tennis at the Olympic Games this year will feature a much more limited cast of characters than initially expected.
With the issues of the pandemic as well as the event’s close timetable to the US Open, many of the top players in the game will not be making the trip to Tokyo in just a few short weeks.
This is a hot topic for those looking to bet on tennis Olympics at online gambling sites, as many of the top choices are not available for wager.
The current list of prominent members of tennis who will not be present is growing exponentially.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios, Reilly Opelka, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner, Taylor Fritz, Juan Martin Del Petro, Casper Ruud, Roberto Bautista-Agut, Christian Garin, and more will all be absent from the court in Tokyo for one reason or another on the men’s side.
For the women, Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin, Simona Halep, Monica Puig, Johanna Jonta, Madison Keys, and more will not be making the trip.
This leaves a very limited field of competitors left for what is supposed to be one of the most prestigious events in the world.
Even the current world number one and reigning triple grand slam champion Novak Djokovic is contemplating missing the event, but has yet to make an official announcement.
“I’ll have to think about it. As I said, my plan was always to go to the Olympic Games. But right now I’m a little bit divided. It’s kind of 50/50 because of what I heard in the last couple of days,” said Djokovic.
Many of the athletes are concerned over the heightened COVID-19 restrictions at the Games. New news released hints that the athletes will likely not even be able to watch each other compete in their downtime.
What was once a lifetime accomplishment is now simply a declined invitation for many of these top athletes.
Those looking to bet on sports like the Olympics will find the odds rapidly changing in order to adapt to who is playing.
Odds To Win Olympic Gold Medal - Tennis
- Novak Djokovic -112
- Daniil Medvedev +300
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +400
- Alexander Zverev +600
- Andrey Rublev +1100
- Jannik Sinner 23 +1500
- Matteo Berrettini +2000
- Aslan Karatsev +2000
- Felix Auger-Aliassime +2500
- Roberto Bautista Agut +2500
While Djokovic is currently the heavy favorite, there could be a massive change if he announces that he will not be making the trip to Japan.