Tokyo 2020 Summer Games stadium announcer Andy Taylor recaps Karen Khachanov’s Semifinal victory over Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. 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.
Karen Khachanov guaranteed a medal in his Olympic debut
What a week for the Russian Olympic Committee’s #4 talent. He is the last teammate standing in Men’s Singles – and on Sunday, competes for Gold in his Olympic Games debut.
Daniil Medvedev, the ROC’s top player, struggled with the heat in Tokyo. After a brutal, blast furnace clash with Fabio Fognini in the Round of 16, the World #2 had little left in the tank for the Quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Andrey Rublev fell in Round-1 to Kei Nishikori; while Aslan Karatsev lost a 3-setter to Jeremy Chardy in Round-2.
Still, it’s been a great showing for the Russian Olympic Committee.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the Quarterfinals in Women’s Singles. Today, she and Andrey Rublev will compete for a spot in the Mixed Doubles medal round; as will Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev. Tomorrow, Vesnina will compete for Women’s Doubles Bronze alongside Veronika Kudermetova. The ROC’s “Mama Bear” in Tokyo, Elena Vesnina captured Doubles Gold alongside Ekaterina Makarova in Rio.
Sixth meeting. Khachanov levels the head-to-head to earn Olympic hardware.
 Karen Khachanov -25- (ROC) | Semifinal Announcer Introduction
Through to the Medal Rounds in his Olympic Games debut, this 25-year-old just reached his second Grand Slam Quarterfinal at Wimbledon. Ranked as high as World #8, he owns 4 ATP Singles titles – including the 2018 Masters-1000 title in Paris, where he upset top-10 talents John Isner, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic to lift the trophy. Representing the Russian Olympic Committee, Karen Khachanov.
- SF — W —  Pablo Carreno Busta -11- (ESP) | Score: 6-3, 6-3
- QF — W —  Ugo Humbert -28- (FRA) | Score: 6-4, 6-1 | COURT-1
- R3 — W —  Diego Schwartzman -13- (ARG) | Score: 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 | COURT-3
- R2 — W — James Duckworth -77- (AUS) | Score: 7-5, 6-1 | COURT-3
- R1 — W — Yoshihito Nishioka -55- (JPN) | Score: 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 | COURT-3
 Pablo Carreno Busta -11- (ESP) | Semifinal Announcer Introduction
Just 12 days ago in Hamburg, he captured his second title of the season, and now owns 6 ATP Singles titles in all. Ranked as high as World #10, he’s a 2-time Grand Slam Semifinalist – and yesterday, defeated World #2 Daniil Medvedev to give himself a shot at a medal in his first Olympic Games. Representing Spain, Pablo Carreno Busta.
- SF — L —  Karen Khachanov -25- (ROC) | Score: 3-6, 3-6
- QF — W —  Daniil Medvedev -02- (ROC) | Score: 6-2, 7-6(5) | COURT-1
- R3 — W — Dominik Koepfer -59- (GER) | Score: 7-6(7), 6-3 | COURT-2
- R2 — W — Marin Cilic -37- (CRO) | Score: 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 | COURT-1
- R1 — W — Tennys Sandgren -81- (USA) | Score: 7-5, 6-2 | COURT-2
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.