Tokyo 2020 Summer Games stadium announcer Andy Taylor recaps Daniil Medvedev’s enervating, sun-baked victory over Fabio Fognini. In Japan, the live narration includes two voices: Japanese announcer DJ Ketchup and English announcer Andy Taylor. Together, they cover the presentation on Center Court, while additional Japanese and English speaking announcers cover Courts 1 and 2 at Ariake Tennis Park.
Day-5, 11:00am at the Tokyo 2020 Games was like playing tennis on the surface of the sun, with higher humidity and a greater heat index. Ice towels, medical timeouts, on-court lethargy and code violations were the norm. It was a disaster. Sure, Daniil Medvedev won the match, but at what cost?
The World #2 physically suffered. Every part of his body required treatment — on nearly every changeover. Ultimately, the end of match was just as ugly as the 2-plus hours of gladiatorial torture. Fognini double faulted on match point and chucked his racquet across the court (again). Both players, and everyone watching from afar, were completely spent.
Fifth meeting. Another Medvedev victory, though this one took everything he had.
Twice before, Medvedev has defeated Fognini, then gone on to win the title (2018-Sydney and 2019-Shanghai). However, after today’s depleting battle in Tokyo’s blast furnace – the odds of a Medvedev medal in Tokyo appear slim.
 Daniil Medvedev -02- (ROC) | Round of 16 Announcer Introduction
At 25-years-old, he is a 2-time Grand Slam Finalist, and won his first ATP-500 title here in Tokyo at the 2018 Japan Open. With victories over Alexander Bublik and Suit Nagal, he is through to the Round of 16 in his Olympic Games debut. Representing the Russian Olympic Committee – the #2 player in the world, Daniil Medvedev.
- R3 — W —  Fabio Fognini -31- (ITA) | Score: 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
- R2 — W — Sumit Nagal -160- (IND) | Score: 6-2, 6-1 | COURT-1
- R1 — W — Alexander Bublik -40- (KAZ) | Score: 6-4, 7-6(8) | RECAP
 Fabio Fognini -31- (ITA) | Round of 16 Announcer Introduction
This 34-year-old owns 9 ATP Singles titles, has been ranked as high as World #9 – and in 2015, captured his first Grand Slam title, lifting the doubles trophy at the Australian Open. Competing in his 3rd Olympic Games – this week, he’s reached the Round of 16 without dropping a set. Representing Italy, Fabio Fognini.
- R3 — L —  Daniil Medvedev -02- (ROC) | Score: 2-6, 6-3, 2-6
- R2 — W — Egor Gerasimov -79- (BLR) | Score: 6-4, 7-6(4) | COURT-2
- R1 — W — Yuichi Sugita -114- (JPN) | Score: 6-4, 6-3 | COURT-3
SUMMER GAMES | Men’s Singles Medalists
Amid COVID concern, the Games go on
Postponed for a year due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games finally launched on Friday, 23 July 2021. After 18-months of lockdowns, desperately trying to contain COVID’s insidious spread, the world finally developed effective vaccines. Sadly, though, 4-million lost their lives, while over 193-million contracted the virus. And Tokyo’s case count was on the rise.
But thanks to science and nearly 2-years of experience, organizers understood that it was entirely possible to responsibly stage the Summer Games without creating a super-spreader event. No fans allowed. Tickets revoked. All international visitors barred from the country – unless competing or working.
From the athlete, to the volunteer, to the Japanese announcer and English announcer — everyone involved with the Games exercised the procedures and protocols painstakingly learned through 18-months of uncertainty and despair. Quarantines. Life in bubbles. Regular hand-hygiene. Masks. Limited long-term indoor exposure to others. And of course, social distancing. But above all else: Most of the Tokyo 2020 team was vaccinated.
Come hell or high water, the Summer Games would go on.
Naomi Osaka ignites the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cauldron
On a more positive note, one of the most distinguished honors in all of sport is to light the Olympic cauldron. Any American over 40 remembers the emotional moment in 1996 when Muhammed Ali courageously climbed the steps to light the flame in Atlanta. His body ravaged by Parkinson’s disease. That singular moment creates indelible memories.
This year, the Japanese Olympic Committee secretly bestowed the honor to 23-year-old Naomi Osaka. Originally scheduled to play the first match on Center Court Saturday morning, it was unusual on Friday to hear that her match had been moved to Sunday. Nothing further was said.
Then, at the conclusion of a subdued, yet deeply respectful opening ceremony and parade of nations – it was Naomi Osaka who climbed the steps and torched the flame that brightly burned over the Games of the 32nd Olympiad. Obviously, it was a humbling honor not lost on the 4-time Grand Slam Champion, who was making her Olympic debut.
Well represented during the parade of nations, tennis players Petra Kvitova (CZE), Jelena Ostapenko (LAT), and Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) all served as flag-bearers.
Tennis at the Summer Games
One of the premier sports featured during the Games’ initial revival, tennis still has a contentious history with the Summer Games. It fell off the radar after 1924, mainly due to conflicts between the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the IOC. The two major obstacles:
- Allowing professionals to compete in a global showcase for amature athletics.
- Scheduling. With the Summer Games so close to the conclusion of the Wimbledon Championships, the ILTF and the IOC were in direct competition for tournament participation by the sport’s top-athletes.
After a 60 year absence, tennis and the IOC worked out their differences, and the sport returned as an official event during the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. Now under the guidance of the International Tennis Federation, professionals proudly represent their home nations.