Tennis in Olympics 2012
Tennis is now a part of Olympics Games program as a full medal sport since the 1988 and has been played in every Olympic Games since then. After being a part of Summer Olympic games in the inaugural 1896 game, the tournament was scrapped due to disagreement between the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the International Olympic Committee due to federation allowing the amateur players to compete.
In Olympic Games the lawn for Tennis tournament keeps on changing. In 1984 the tournament was played hard court for every game. In 1992, however the Olympics and in the 2012 Olympics the court was kept of grass. Some players are good at playing clay courts and others prefer hard court and therefore it keeps on changing.
In 2012, tennis tournament in Olympics was held in London at the All England Club in Wimbledon from 28 July to August 5th. This was the first Olympics tournament that was played on the grass court after the re-inclusion of tennis in the Olympics. International Olympics Committee and the International Tennis Federation organised as well as supervised the tournament under the Association of Tennis professional tours. All matches of the tournament were played as best of three sets and finale was played as best of fives sets. In order to declare a winner tie-breaks were used in all the three sets , except during the finale of five sets.
Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro clashed against each other on August 2012 in the semi-finals on August 3, 2010 and played to break the tie for record 4 hours 26 minutes, scoring 19-17. Apart from being the longest singles tennis match in the history of the Olympics, it also set the record for being the longest single match in the Open era, outpacing the Nadal versus Novak Djokovic in the 2009 Madrid Masters that lasted for 4 hours 3 minutes.
William sisters created record in the tournament by winning the third gold medal in doubles and becoming the first players in male or female in tennis history to win four golds, doubles or singles by achieving the top spot in 2000, 2008 and 2012 along with Venus clinching away 2000 women’s singles and Serena winning 2012 medal in singles.
Britain superstar Andy Murray won the gold by defeating Roger Federer in three sets of 6–2, 6–1, 6–4. Argentine Tennis sensation Del Potro clinched the Bronze medal defeating Djokovic by 7-5, 6-4.
Winners (Women’s singles)
Women singles was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon from 28 July to 4 August 2012. It would be unfair to mention the biggest upset of the tournament that was created by Chinese Tennis player Li Na who defeated Wimbledon finalist and Polish International Tennis sensation Agnieszka Radwańska in three close but straight sets.
Serena Williams, American professional tennis player and Russian tennis heartthrob Maria Sharapova played into the finals for their Career Golden Slam. Williams won the medal and became only the second women to win Career Golden Slam after Steffi Graf. Not only this, William also got the honour of becoming first tennis player, male or female, to hold a career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles. Sharapova was the silver medallist and Belarus Tennis player Victoria Azarenka won the Bronze medal
American star brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took home the Gold medal in the tournament, winning over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michaël Llodra. Bryan brothers have achieved the Golden Slam, only the second men’s double team to achieve the feat.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams once again defended their titles in the tournament by defeating Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká.