Venus Williams is headed to her record fifth Olympics, and Serena Williams to her fourth.
The sisters who have combined to win two Olympic singles titles and three Olympic doubles titles lead 12 U.S. players on a provisional International Tennis Federation field list for Rio published Thursday.
Their presence is no surprise. ATP and WTA rankings from June 6 determined the makeup of the Olympic field. Serena is currently ranked No. 1. Venus is at No. 8.
The U.S. women’s singles players on the provisional list were confirmed as Rio Olympians by the USTA, while the men are not official yet.
Serena Williams (also doubles)
Venus Williams (also doubles)
Jack Sock (also doubles)
Steve Johnson (also doubles)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
Mixed doubles entries will be decided later, perhaps not until the Games in August.
Since tennis returned to the Olympic program after a 64-year break in 1988, only one Olympic singles player has been older than Venus will be in August (Jonas Bjorkman, also 36, at Beijing 2008), according to sports-reference.com.
Nobody has previously played in five Olympic singles tournaments. Venus and Roger Federer will both hit their fifth in Rio.
Venus and Serena are attempting to extend their shared record of four Olympic tennis gold medals and, with one medal in Rio, match the Olympic record for overall tennis medals held by 1920s British player Kitty McKane.Follow @nzaccardi