Olympics-Tennis-Organisers seek to extend Games' schedule to 11 days for Paris onwards

  • Tennis
  • Sunday, 01 Aug 2021

FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Men's Singles - Quarterfinal - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 29, 2021. Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee walks off after losing his quarterfinal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain. REUTERS/Mike Segar

TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Tennis Federation (ITF) wants to extend the Olympics schedule for the sport to 11 days from nine to ensure adequate rest for players and to manage hot summer conditions for the Paris 2024 Games and beyond.

Organisers moved the start of matches to later in the afternoon midway through the Games' tournament in Tokyo last week after players complained about the stifling weather conditions https://graphics.reuters.com/OLYMPICS-2020/SUMMER-HEAT/bdwvkogrzvm, with men's world number two Daniil Medvedev warning officials a player "can die" in the heat.

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