Tennis and the Olympics
Tennis has been in the Summer version of the Olympic Games from the inaugural 1896 Olympics. The game was dropped from the Olympics after the 1924 disagreements that took place between the Lawn Tennis Federation, that is international and the International Olympic Committee over allowing players who were still amateurs to compete. A demonstration set after 2 appearances in this sport that took place in 1968 and 1984, it then could return in 1988 as a full medal sport in the Olympics and could finally be played at every one of the Games since then.
Starting from the 2004 Athens Olympics results from the Olympics count towards both the Association of Tennis Professionals and Woman’s Tennis Association world rankings in singles for that calendar year. A player received points and ranking in a Grand Slam tournament, does outweigh that of the Olympics however, should a player win all Grand Slam Tournaments and an Olympic gold medal, is said to won a Golden Slam. The only winner to have won all Grand slam titles and the Olympic gold medal is Stefanie Maria “Steffi” Graf. Graf is a German professional tennis player who held the world number 1 spot. Graf is the winner of 22 Grand Slam singles championships. Graff became the first tennis player in any gender to win the Golden Slam. She did this by being the winner of all four Grand Slam singles championships as well as the Olympic gold medal. This all happened in the year. She also holds the record for being the only player to have won each Grand Slam event a minimum of 4 times.
The Olympics happen every four years and the most recent one was in 2012. The Tennis Summer Olympics, that year were held in London at the All England Club in Wimbledon. The dates were from 28 Jul to 5 Aug. This venue allowed for the first Olympic grass court events since tennis was reinstated as an Olympic sport. The event was also a first to be held at a Grand Slam venue.
The number of players that competed was 190 players who all played in five events. The events were singles and doubles for men and for women. Mixed doubles were also included for the first time since 1924. The normal rule requested by the All England Club to wear all white was waived during the games so teams could wear their Olympic national team clothing.
In the Olympic Games, the tennis event has a single tournament what works on an elimination system. The competition allows for 6 rounds where the single draw of 64 players takes place. The doubles have 5 rounds with a draw size of 32 players. There is a third category of 4 rounds fir mixed teams with a draw size of 16. Players who reach the semi-finals are close to competing for the medal and the two who lose then contest for silver and bronze.
The Wimbledon practice order changed, the matches after those changes were set in a format simular to the one followed by Olympics – all matches consisted of five-set matches, three-set matches but except the men’s final was a singles match and a five-set match. The next games are said to take place in 2016.