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Discussion about the London Olympics

Maybe a few thoughts about the upcoming Olympics?

Is someone really gonna play singles, doubles and mixed? I can't imagine so. The schedule must be brutal. Only men's singles finals will be best of five?

How are the grass courts gonna be prepared after Wimbledon? I haven't really read anything about it.

I do have a feeling all the top players will be there. Maybe someone has to pull out at the last second, but I believe everyone is pretty interested.

I have to admit the qualification rules are a bit mysterious to me. Ok, in singles it obviously goes by the rankings(and four players from one country max), but the doubles and mixed are a question mark. So are the wild cards. I'm very interested to see if Massu and Gonzalez are gonna get something.

Still kind of think that the 1992 Olympics were the most interesting. There were some incredible doubles pairings.
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Fed has plans to enter singles, doubles and mixed doubles however I don't think he'll end up playing mixed (with Hingis).
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2012 Olympics will be huge and I can't wait. Whoever takes the singles gold will be as good as a slam winner.
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I wonder what kind of grass they will use? Hopefully not the 'grass' they use at Wimbledon.
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Expensive is the first and last thing that comes to mind.

I'm just glad it's at Wimbledon. Makes it seem like it's not part of the Olympics itself.

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They are playing at Wimbledon. Shit
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I wonder what kind of grass they will use? Hopefully not the 'grass' they use at Wimbledon.
what do you mean?It's on Wimbledon
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They should play on some real grass courts.
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Olympic tennis has almost everytime been played on a hard court, which is very logical. The fact that they are playing this time on grass is pretty cool and special. Of course Wimbledon was the obvious site. And I'm pretty sure the All England Lawn Tennis Club would have never even considered a temporary hard court to be used.

At the 1908 Olympics there were six events. Men's singles and doubles outdoors + indoors and women singles outdoors + indoors.

Now they should do it the same way, just add the women's doubles outdoors/indoors and mixed doubles both outdoors + indoors. And all the events should be played in seven days.

In 1908 the outdoor events were held at Worple Road and the indoor events were held at Queen's club.
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this is not the best deal for murray.

they should have used the O2 arena. he is better on hard courts.

oh well. so the gold goes to one of following 3:

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Josiah Ritchie won three medals at the 1908 Olympics, including the singles gold outdoors. He was known as Ritchmug. If history repeats itself, we will have a surprising winner next summer.
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the olympics dont have enough pedigree in tennis. they're not that important

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the olympics dont have enough pedigree in tennis. they're not that important
True.
But I think Roger and Nole would be so motivated. Roger knows this is the last chance he has, and Nolevic needs to win something for his country after his awful Davis Cup moment.

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But when are the Olympics? Last time, weren't they right after Wimbledon? Will it be Wimbledon then like a week, then the Olympics? They aren't merging them right?

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I think the olympics are becoming more and more important. The players realize they probably only get 2 or 3 shots at it in their career, and that we are talking about the biggest sports event on the planet. Just look at the reactions from Rafa and Novak in the video below, or look at Federinka when they took the gold in doubles. The olympics is the first tournament you'd want to win after the 4 slams.

[youtube]OPoKUbTojxU[/youtube]

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