The massive field of tennis players at the Tokyo Olympics got their first taste of action when matches began on Friday.
Some of the sport’s biggest names were on the court and emerged victorious on Day 1:
Novak Djokovic Cruises to Victory in Olympics Opener
Novak Djokovic continued his quest for a “Golden Slam” — winning all four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold in the same year — on Friday with a first-round matchup against Bolivian Hugo Dellien.
Djokovic made quick work of Dellien, winning 6-2, 6-2 in men’s singles. He advances to face Germany’s Jan-Lennar Struff.
Djokovic has already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, with just the Olympic gold and U.S. Open to go.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury Stun No. 2 Seed in Doubles
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury had a very convincing performance in their first doubles match.
The Great Britain duo beat second-seeded Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in the first round of the men’s doubles tennis tournament. Murray and Salisbury cruised in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-2.
Murray, who has won two gold medals in singles and a silver medal in mixed doubles, and Salisbury advance to the second round to take on Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz.
Ashleigh Barty and Storm Sanders Advance
Ashleigh Barty, the No. 1 seed in the women’s singles bracket, competed in women’s doubles on Friday night with Storm Sanders. The Australian duo combined for a 6-1, 6-2 win over Japan’s Makoto Ninomiya and Nao Hibino.
Barty, the recent Wimbledon winner, faces Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in singles on Sunday.
Select tennis matches will be shown live on the Olympic Channel. Individual courts and matches can be streamed online here.