Look, I thought we were on a tennis forum so discussing the Olympics in a tennis context is correct, no matter how you twist and turn it. To give a more pertinent example let's look at the case of football. The gold medal there does not matter at all. You have some youngsters playing with 2 or 3 pensioners.
In tennis terms, the Olympics is not an important event. It's important in London because it's played at Wimbledon. This, again, just illustrates the fact that the history of the venue is important and not the occasion. And where does this history really come from? You guessed it right - Wimbledon being, arguably, the most special slam.
You also cannot compare the Olympics in tennis with other events as the Olympics are the MAJOR goal of many athletes in athletics. Really, you're comparing oranges with apples when talking about the Olympics as a whole. Every sport has a different Olympic tradition and tennis's is not great.
That's the last I'll try to convince you of this.
Well, yes, it might be pertinent to discuss it in tennis terms, but it'd be missing the point. The reason why Nadal, Federer and co. want the Olympic medal is not its importance as a tennis tournament. The reason why Djokovic cried after losing to Nadal in China and still cites it as the worst moment of his career also has nothing to do with the Olympics importance as a tennis tournament.
We could discuss Rafa's statements taking the Olympics as just another tournament in the tennis calendar, but that would not lead to any productive discussion. If people are really thinking like that, no wonder they can't understand Rafa and Nole's statements. I have no doubt whatsoever that they are serious when they say the Olympics is what they want to win the most.
dude stop the crap about Messi, he would burn down the olympic gold medal just to win the fifa world cup, there is no single player in the world that care more a U-23 gold medal instead the world cup. Fact.
This might actually be true. But then again, the football World Cup is the second most important sporting event in the world. Its importance far surpasses that of a tennis Grand Slam.