So we're all aware that Nicholas Massu (of all people) won the Gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and Mardy Fish (even more surprising) won the silver medal.
I didn't really follow tennis that closely in 2004 (Before 2006 each year I would only ever watch the Australian Open and Wimbledon) so I did a google search for the main draw of the 2004 Olympics and found that some (not most) of the top players were in the draw such as Federer, Roddick, Nalbandian, Safin and Henman.
So considering that there were still 6 or 7 pretty decent (and in some cases exceptional) players in the draw how is it that Nicholas Massu (yet again... "of all people!") and also Mardy Fish managed to come away with the Gold and Silver medals respectively?!
It's almost as though all of the top players suddenly came down with injuries/illness when the Olympics started or decided that, like Safin said, tennis isn't an Olympics sport so they couldn't be bothered..
Anyone like to clear this one up for me?
P.S. I hear that the Olympics award ranking points to the players but that seems a little silly. Does that mean that the upcoming 2008 winner will be sitting on sizeable points from winning the Olympic title for 4 years thus won't have to defend those points for 4 years? Seems a little unfair that they get to carry those points for four years.
No, it doesn't. The points will drop off player's ranking in 52 weeks.
From what I remember most players were complaining about weather, facilities, courts, balls quality and conditions but I think they just didn't give a shit about Olympics. Cos women were in the same conditions and somehow world's Top-3 players all made it to the semis.
Nevertheless, the tournament was rather fun to follow.