Andy Murray faces a troublesome begin to the defence of his Olympic tennis title after being drawn in opposition to ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Murray is the one tennis participant to win back-to-back singles gold medals having triumphed in London and Rio however his hopes of creating it three in a row have been severely hampered by bodily struggles.
He gained consecutive matches at a grand slam for the primary time in 4 years at Wimbledon earlier than being comprehensively crushed by Auger-Aliassime’s Canadian counterpart Denis Shapovalov after which giving a downbeat evaluation of his profession prospects.
Twenty-year-old Auger-Aliassime, in the meantime, headed to Tokyo on a excessive after a robust grass court docket season that culminated in a primary grand slam quarter-final look at SW19, whereas he simply defeated Murray on the US Open final yr.
Debutant Liam Broady a really late entrant to the sphere after quite a few withdrawals, will tackle Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo whereas Heather Watson opens in opposition to Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany.
Dan Evans and Johanna Konta, who would have represented Britain’s greatest hopes of singles medals, had been each pressured to withdraw forward of travelling after testing optimistic for coronavirus.
Loads of star names have remained at dwelling, together with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, however Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty are each in Japan together with Naomi Osaka who will play her first match since withdrawing from the French Open.
Djokovic, who’s bidding to turn into the primary man in historical past to win a Golden Slam of all 4 grand slam titles and Olympic singles gold in the identical yr, will tackle Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien first up, with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev the opposite top-four seeds.
Barty faces a tough opener in opposition to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo whereas Osaka, who would have been the topic of intense consideration as one of many faces of the Video games even earlier than the furore that blew up over her determination to not fulfil her media duties in Paris, takes on Zheng Saisai of China.
Osaka has not performed a match since opening up about her psychological well being struggles and pulling out after one spherical in Roland Garros, with the 23-year-old deciding to not play at Wimbledon.
Britain’s greatest hope of a medal might are available in doubles, though Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury got a troublesome draw in opposition to French second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski will tackle Argentinian duo Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos.
Entries for the combined doubles can be introduced on Tuesday.