Johnson, Kudla, Baker Approved for US Olympic Tennis Team

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — American singles players Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla and Brian Baker have had their appeals approved by the International Tennis Federation’s Olympic Committee to compete at next month’s Rio Games.

Johnson, Kudla, Baker and Jack Sock were on the provisional entry list released by the ITF last month, with their participation contingent on either playing Davis Cup or a successful appeal.

The 26th-ranked Sock is taking part in the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Croatia this week. Johnson is No. 25, Kudla is 102nd, and Baker 179th.

The top American man, No. 16 John Isner, chose to skip Rio, as did No. 29 Sam Querrey, who is coming off a Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance and an upset of Novak Djokovic.

Twins Bob and Mike Bryan were already set for the team and will look to repeat as doubles gold medalists. Johnson and Sock will be the other U.S. doubles pairing, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday.

All the American women’s players were already set as well: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens in singles and CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in doubles. The Williams sisters will also be seeking their fourth doubles gold medal.

The two U.S. mixed doubles teams will be announced at a later date.

 

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