American Sam Querrey is among more than 10 men’s tennis players ranked in the top 40 expected to miss the Rio Olympics.
Querrey is expected to play in the ATP’s Los Cabos Open in Mexico that takes place during the Olympics. Querrey’s place in that event was first announced in April and confirmed by the event on Tuesday.
Querrey, ranked No. 37 in the world, was swept out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in singles and doubles and failed to qualify for the 2012 London Games.
Querrey is the third-highest ranked American. The U.S. can send no more than four men’s singles players to Rio. The top American, John Isner, has already said he won’t play in Rio.
That leaves No. 27 Jack Sock, No. 39 Steve Johnson, No. 56 Denis Kudla and No. 65 Taylor Fritz as the top four U.S. men now that Olympic qualifying has ended. None have Olympic experience.
The U.S. has never previously had an Olympic men’s singles team with zero players ranked in the top 25, since tennis was re-added as a medal sport at Seoul 1988.
Top-40 men’s tennis players expected to miss Rio:
No. 7 Dominic Thiem (Austria)
No. 17 John Isner (USA)
No. 19 Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
No. 20 Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
No. 22 Feliciano Lopez (Spain)
No. 23 Bernard Tomic (Australia)
No. 28 Ivo Karlovic (Croatia)
No. 37 Sam Querrey (USA)
*At least three French players since France has seven in the top 40