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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-05-2004, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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About the Olympics

Are they a 19th event? (14th mandatory?)
Or is just one of the five optionals a player can have?

Do the players that don't qualify get to put an extra sixth optional event or just works like Masters Cup, meaning the players in it have an extra event?

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Re: About the Olympics

the procedure in 2000 was that it was not a 19th event and can only be counted among the 5 best other results

Players who do not play the Olympic tennis tournament will not be allowed to count a "sixth optional event" (just like with the Masters Cup; players who don't qualify for the Masters Cup cannot earn points and are not allowed to count the six best other tournaments).

ASAIK they didn't change that so I guess the same rules should still apply in 2004.

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How many points is it worth? Same as IS or ISG?? *It should be atleast as many points as TMS but seems like winning Nottingham has the same prestige as an Olympic Gold>_<..
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I thought the Olympics was worth 80CR points but I'm not positive

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Re: About the Olympics

It's like this:

W F S Q 16 32 64

400 280 155 100 50 25 5

Bronze medalist gets 50 extra (205).
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It's like this:

W F S Q 16 32 64

400 280 155 100 50 25 5

Bronze medalist gets 50 extra (205).

Thanks Mate! So the winner of Olympic Gold Tennis gets somewhere between the points of a TMS winner (500pts) & an ISG winner (250points)..

That's OK~ i just hope they get a worth winner; actually if an Aussie guy can't win (don't think Philippoussis is up to the job & Hewitt won't play) then I hope someone like Ferrero or Coria can take it !
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Re: About the Olympics

Why isn't Hewitt going to Athens?? A sponsership conflict or something?
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Hewitt said he's not going because "it's too close to the USOpen" but many think it's because his sex partner Clijsters isn't going
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Tommy Haas will win, remember last time????? Beat Federer, Corretja, Mirnyi on the way to the final, losing to Yevgeny in 5. Im sure he can go one better this time.
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Well, it IS too close to the USO.

It's not even worth the points of a TMS! Honestly, what was the ATP thinking when they instituted points for it? If people aren't going to show up for Olympic prestige, they won't bother to play it because it ranks just below TMS events in points. Top players skip TMS events too! The only way to make them show would be to give it the points of a Slam.
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Well, it IS too close to the USO.

It's not even worth the points of a TMS! Honestly, what was the ATP thinking when they instituted points for it? If people aren't going to show up for Olympic prestige, they won't bother to play it because it ranks just below TMS events in points. Top players skip TMS events too! The only way to make them show would be to give it the points of a Slam.
To be precise, the Olympic final is on August 22, 8 days before the start of US Open. It's the same surface and even the same ball, so I don't think this arguement is making sense...
There's one week between Cincinnati TMS and the Olympics, and a week between the Olympics and US Open. All tournaments played on hardcourt. No other tournament during this time awards the same points as Athens, and not as much prize money that top players care for... The only trouble is flying to Europe and back... (all expenses are covered by Olympic organizers and national Olympic commitees)

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OK... so Agassi and Hewitt won't go... any other eligible player is giving it a miss?
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BTW... the ATP (and WTA) have no interest to promote the Olympics, since it's organized under ITF supervision... I guess the ranking points reflect that...
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Re: About the Olympics

The prize for the Olympics is playing for your country and trying to win a gold medal in the spirit of something as wonderful as the Olympics. I'm actually glad it's not worth more, because at least this way the people who will be playing are doing so because of personal desire and not "just another tournament to win to raise my ranking." Obviously the Olympics aren't the absolute pinnacle of tennis like they are for things like gymnastics or track and field or swimming or diving or whatever, but as we've seen, many of the players are still jumping at the opportunity to play and vie for a medal, and that's a testament to the tradition of the Olympics, not the prize money or rankings points.

As an aside.... here's a new pic I stumbled upon of the stadium from an aerial view. I think it's purrrrrdy


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