Djokovic draws Del Potro in Rio singles opener, Serena gets Gavrilova
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) will face Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) in the first round of the Rio 2016 men’s singles competition, setting up a rematch of the London 2012 bronze medal match.
The draws for the men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions at the 2016 Summer Games were released on Thursday. Djokovic, the top seed of the men’s tournament this year, lost to Del Potro four years ago in London, failing to reach the podium after winning bronze in singles at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Wimbledon champion and No. 2 seed Andy Murray (Great Britain) is set to open his Rio 2016 campaign against Viktor Troicki (Serbia), while No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal (Spain) will make his return to the court from a wrist injury against Federico Delbonis (Argentina).
Djokovic and Nadal are on the same half of the bracket, meaning they could meet in the semifinals.
On the women’s side, top seed Serena Williams (USA) will face Daria Gavrilova (Australia) in the first round. Williams won gold in singles and doubles at London 2012.
Williams is teaming up with her sister, Venus, in doubles at Rio 2016. Their quest for a third doubles gold medal will start against Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.
American Sloane Stephens will face Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the first round, and No. 7 seed Madison Keys (USA) will take on Danka Kovinic (Montenegro). Venus Williams, the No. 5 seed, will meet Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium).
The best-seeded American on the men’s side, No. 12 Steve Johnson, will play Darian King (Barbados) in the opening round. No. 14 seed Jack Sock will play Taro Daniel (Japan).
You can view the complete draws below.
A number of high-profile tennis players are skipping the Olympics, including Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Simona Halep, John Isner, Milos Raonic, Karolina Pliskova, the Bryan brothers and more.
The opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games will take place on Friday night.
- Stanley Kay