Japan's Osaka, Nishikori confirmed for Paris Games

football14 June 2024 20:19| © Reuters
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Japan's Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori will compete at this year's Olympic Games in Paris, the Japan Tennis Association has announced.

It will be the second Games for the 26-year-old four-times Grand Slam winner Osaka, who finished ninth in the singles at her home Tokyo Games in 2021, where she was also the final torchbearer in the opening ceremony.

The world number 125 will be joined by former US Open finalist Nishikori, ranked 286th, with both eligible under the International Tennis Federation's protected ranking rule.

The 34-year-old Nishikori, who won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Games by beating Spain's Rafael Nadal, will make his fifth straight Olympic appearance, the most by a Japanese player.