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Coco Gauff to Lead U.S. Tennis Team at Paris Olympics After Missing Tokyo

Coco Gauff to Lead U.S. Tennis Team at Paris Olympics After Missing Tokyo

Coco Gauff, the current world No. 2, will spearhead the U.S. tennis team at the Paris Olympics, three years after a COVID-19 infection forced her to miss the Tokyo Games.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced on Thursday that Gauff will be joined in women’s singles by Jessica Pegula, Danielle Collins, and Emma Navarro. On the men’s side, Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Christopher Eubanks, and Marcos Giron will compete in singles.

Olympic tennis matches are set to commence on July 27 at Roland Garros, the iconic venue of the French Open. This year’s American squad includes six athletes making their Olympic debuts.

Gauff, 20, is the reigning U.S. Open champion and has reached the semifinals at both the Australian and French Opens this year. She was a finalist on the clay courts of Roland Garros in 2022 and is also expected to be a strong contender in doubles, having recently won the French Open doubles title with Katerina Siniakova.

Reflecting on her absence from the previous Olympics, Gauff expressed her enthusiasm for Paris: “It’s an honor to represent my country, and I’m excited to compete at such a historic venue.”

Jessica Pegula, returning from a neck injury that sidelined her during the French Open, is also part of the formidable lineup. Pegula, who reached the singles quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 2022, is back in action and ready to make her Olympic debut.

Danielle Collins, who announced this will be her final season on the tour, has had a strong year with titles in Miami and Charleston. The 2022 Australian Open runner-up is looking forward to her first Olympic experience. Collins will team up with Desirae Krawczyk in doubles; the duo won a doubles title in Charleston last year. Krawczyk is a four-time Grand Slam champion in mixed doubles.

Emma Navarro, currently ranked No. 17, achieved a career-high ranking after reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros this year. Her participation in Paris marks another milestone in her ascending career.

For the men’s team, Taylor Fritz, the highest-ranked American at No. 12, and Tommy Paul, ranked No. 13, will lead the charge. Christopher Eubanks and Marcos Giron, ranked 44th and 53rd respectively, complete the men’s singles lineup. Paul and Giron bring Olympic experience, having competed in Tokyo.

Veteran Rajeev Ram, 40, will participate in his third Olympics, partnering with Austin Krajicek in doubles. Ram, a four-time major doubles champion, won a mixed doubles silver medal with Venus Williams at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Fritz and Paul will also join forces in doubles.

The USTA stated that it will announce one mixed doubles team for the Paris Games at a later date, further bolstering an already strong American contingent.

With a mix of seasoned Olympians and fresh talent, the U.S. tennis team is poised for a robust showing at the Paris Olympics.

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