The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will start with the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on Friday 23 July 2021, while the Olympic Tennis Event will start on Saturday 24 July 2021. Players have arrived in the Japanese capital and a lot of them have shared their excitement on social media.
Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska has recently been found not guilty of doping, after months of provisional suspension, and the 21-year-old can now enjoy her first Olympic Games. Earlier this month, Yastremska played her first tournament of the season and reached the semifinals at the WTA 250 Hamburg European Open.
Newlywed Elina Svitolina‘s honeymoon is in the gym and on the tennis court. Right after getting married to fellow tennis pro Gael Monfils at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva, Switzerland, the Ukrainian world No.6 flew to Tokyo and got back to work.
Five years since I last posed with these rings but somehow it feels like yesterday 🇨🇿❤️@olympijskytym | @Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/6KLNAZED2l
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) July 20, 2021
Petra Kvitova, bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is all smiles posing with the Olympic rings again.
Rallying together to make India proud at #Tokyo2020! 🎾 @MirzaSania and @ankita_champ have departed for 🇯🇵! #Olympics pic.twitter.com/UTOwgmzaic
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) July 19, 2021
India’s six-time doubles major winner Sania Mirza will be competing in her fourth Olympic Games and take part in the Summer Festival of Olympian and Paralympian Online Experiences.
Day 1 🇯🇵 @Olympics pic.twitter.com/B1UU54CqdD
— Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (@NastiaPav) July 20, 2021
Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had her first practice on Tuesday in Tokyo.
My 4th Olympic Games, and still the same wonder 🤩 🇨🇵
Mes 4èmes Jeux Olympiques, et toujours le même émerveillement 🤩 🇨🇵#Tokyo2021 #AllezLesBleus #anotherdreamcomestrue pic.twitter.com/zAB4W9YDD9
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) July 20, 2021
France’s Alize Cornet posed with the iconic Olympic rings. Even though these are already her fourth Games, the experience is always thrilling.
🎾 Beijing 2008 ✅
🎾 Londres 2012 ✅
🎾 Rio 2016 ✅
🔜 Tokyo 2020 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/COwngpXrCE
— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) July 20, 2021
Back in January, Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro was still recovering from Hodgkin lymphoma and expressed that her biggest dream was to play the Olympics one more time, especially doubles with compatriot Garbine Muguruza. Fortunately, the 32-year-old is making her dream come true and she’ll compete in both singles and women’s doubles.
— Paula Badosa (@paulabadosa) July 19, 2021
Paula Badosa is another Spanish representative in Tokyo.
Konnichiwa Tokyo 🤩
First Olympic Games for me! #teambelgium #olympics pic.twitter.com/QkGYrjdL0M
— Elise Mertens (@elise_mertens) July 19, 2021
Belgium’s Elise Mertens is making her Olympic debut.
Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic, is missing the event this time after having surgery on her right shoulder.