London 2012 Tennis Olympics

It’s time for the big event that is held once in 4 years. The Olympics! Here, I will talk about the players, my predictions, and other valuable information. The London Olympics tennis event will start on July 28th and end on August 5th.

Rafael Nadal, the previous Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist, will not be playing in the London Olympics this year (click here for the reason why), and so will the French number 3, Gael Monfils.

Last year, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka were the ones to win the Olympic gold medal in 2008, and they will be paring up again for the London Olympics as well. Federer recently achieved the number 1 spot in the world rankings again and is on a roll, while Wawrinka is currently #26, so you may rely on them again for this year’s doubles gold medal. The Bryan brothers have been doing fairly well as they are currently both number 3 in the doubles rankings, but I would say that the real threat is the number 1 doubles pair,  Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Max has achieved 45 doubles titles, and has been a finalist for 39 times, and his doubles partner, Nestor, has 79 doubles titles and has been a finalist for 51 times! Incredible! Even the legendary Federer has 75 singles titles. The thing is that Nestor is 39 years old, and Max is 35, while Federer is still 30. The great thing about doubles is that you get to save stamina because you will not have to retrieve every ball that comes over the court, which is why people who are over 30 can still play doubles. The video below are the highlights of the Beijing 2008 doubles finals.

As for the singles part of the Olympics, the previous gold medalist Rafael Nadal will not be attending the Olympics, so this will be a huge chance for Federer or Djokovic to win the gold medal. In my opinion, Djokovic did not seem to play great against Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals this year, so there is much more of a possibility that Federer will win if he and Novak Djokovic battle each other in the finals. However, Wimbledon is a story of about 1 month ago. You never know what will happen. I personally would like Federer to win a medal for this years Olympics, because Djokovic has already achieved a bronze medal in the previous Beijing 2008 Olympics. Who will you guys favor?

The draws of the 2012 London Olympics are out, and you can view it on the official ITF Olympics page here

The matches that I think will be interesting on the first round are –

Go Soeda vs Marcos Baghdatis

There is only a 3 spot difference in the rankings between these two, as Soeda is ranked 47th and Baghdatis is ranked 44th. Plus, Baghdatis fell from #40, as Soeda moved up from #54 after defeating Kei Nishikori(#18) in the Atlanta Tennis Championships semi-finals. Definitely will be fun to watch.

The unfortunate part for this years Olympics is that Andy Roddick will be facing Novak Djokovic if both players advance onto the 2nd round. Andy Roddick has been on a roll lately, winning Eastbourne and the Atlanta Tennis Championships this year, and it would be a bummer to be shut off by Djokovic. A bit of an unlucky draw from Roddick if you ask me.

Below are the points that the tennis players will earn in the London Olympics.

ATP ranking points (singles only)
750     Gold medal
450     Silver medal
340     Bronze medal
270     Fourth place
135     Quarterfinals
70       Third round
35       Second round
5         First round

Resource from the ITF Olympics website http://2012.itftennis.com/olympics/players/ranking-points.aspx

Who do YOU think will win the gold medal this year? What do you think of the draw? Leave a comment and tell me your opinion!

~Jin

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