Gauff, Pegula, Fritz, Collins and Paul lead US Olympic Games team as Keys, Shelton, Korda and Tiafoe opt out

Friday, 21 June 2024 at 17:58
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The US Olympic Games nominations were made on Thursday with some glaring omissions alongside the star names who will head to Paris between Saturday July 27 to Sunday August 4 with Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Taylor Fritz, Danielle Collins and Tommy Paul leading the way.
But among those deciding not to play include Madison Keys with a big deal made out of her race with Emma Navarro for the final spot in the team with Collins emerging giving a headache in particular for the latter who has emerged over the past year into contention.
Keys though has opted out of playing so Navarro will make her Olympic Games debut after all. Gauff will make her debut too after qualifying in 2020 but withdrawing due to COVID-19. Danielle Collins too plays in her maiden Olympic Games in her final year on the tour. They are joined from a WTA perspective by Desirae Krawczyk who is a career high of World No.8 in the doubles rankings and is also set to make her debut.
Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Chris Eubanks, Marcos Giron, Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram anchor the players from the ATP. But the glaring list of omissions is more evident when it comes to the men over the women with Ben Shelton who was never set to play anyway among those to snub a spot.
With the US Open and the proximity compared to the Olympic Games, Shelton has decided to sit it out this time. More surprisingly Frances Tiafoe and Sebastian Korda have also decided against playing in Paris. Likely this is due to a sudden surface change back to clay which has been the reasoning for most behind.
Marcos Giron and Christopher Eubanks are the ones to benefit from the male withdrawals and so will make their debut with the duo and Emma Navarro being the main beneficiaries. They will still be one of the best equipped nations when it comes to the Olympic Games despite their withdrawals. But still they could've been even stronger if the initial players would've been involved.

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