Tennis day five preview and stream information

You can find a full tennis schedule for day five, along with relevant streams, here.

UPDATE: Rainy conditions have delayed play on Centre Court until 10:30 AM ET, and at least 11 AM ET on all outer courts.

Tennis is known for its “Big Four” – the leading players in men’s singles who have won a combined 51 Grand Slam titles: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, World No. 2 Andy Murray of Great Britain, World No. 3 Roger Federer of Switzerland and World No. 5 Rafael Nadal of Spain. 

Djokovic was knocked out in Rio’s first round by London 2012 bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro, while Federer stayed home due to injury. But a new sort of “Big Four” has emerged in the singles competitions at Rio, four players who now have a strong shot to earn a medal: Murray and Nadal on the men’s side, and World No. 2 Angelique Kerber of Germany and World No. 9 Madison Keys of the United States on the women’s side. 

All four will take to the courts on Wednesday, with Keys-Nadal-Murray back-to-back on Centre Court starting at 10 AM.  Kerber will compete in her quarterfinal match on court 1, right after del Potro squares off with Japan’s Daniel Taro

One other name Americans should keep their eye on: Steve Johnson, who is still in the singles compeition and is guaranteed at least a medal match in doubles alongside partner Jack Sock. Johnson will play his semifinal doubles match on court 2 at approximately 2 PM ET, while he’ll compete in his third round singles match on court 3 at approximately 10 AM ET (both very rough estimates).

It’s been a wild ride since Rio’s tennis competition started Sunday. The number one seeds have been eliminated in all possible categories so far: men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles.

This will change Wednesday, as some players receive a second (or third chance) to win gold by competing in the mixed doubles division. Though sister Serena was completely ousted from Rio last night, Venus Williams will get one more chance to earn her fifth career medal by competing alonside countryman Rajeev Ram in mixed. They kick off their campaign today at 10:00 AM on court 2, taking on the Netherlands’ Bertens/Rojer