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Guga not the only one who wants Olympic gold

Deboogle!.
12-19-2003, 02:57 PM
Philippoussis eyes Athens Olympics gold
Sportal

Unlike his Davis Cup teammate Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis will contest next year’s Athens Olympics.

Hewitt revealed on Wednesday that he has decided to skip the Games in the Greek capital because the final of the tournament will be played just three days before the US Open starts in New York.


But agent Brian Cooney confirmed that 1998 US Open and 2003 Wimbledon finalist Philippoussis, who is of Greek origin, has targeted Olympic success as his top priority for 2004.

"Mark has set himself for the Athens Olympics," Cooney told The Daily Telegraph. "It's his main goal for 2004."

Doubles champion Todd Woodbridge has also confirmed his availability to play in Athens, if given the nod.

"I'm committed to playing at least another 14 months because I want to play the Olympics," Woodbridge said. "My aim is to be a four-time Olympian, not many tennis players have done that. I'd be very proud to have achieved that."

And former Australian player John Alexander says the absence of Hewitt and probably several other frontline players in Athens could have been avoided had the tennis been scheduled earlier in the Games.

"I think it would be better to have tennis in the first week of the Olympic program," he said. "That would give players a week's space to get ready for the final Grand Slam. You can't expect tennis to have any impact on the timing of an Olympics."

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Roddick's Athens plan
Sportal

Andy Roddick has confirmed that he will represent the USA at next year’s Olympics in Athens.

The 21-year-old’s coach Brad Gilbert confirmed Roddick is committed to the August 15-22 tournament despite the fact it falls just weeks before the start of his US Open defence.


Gilbert said that he had convinced Roddick that the Olympics were a suitable path for the Open.

"Athens 2004 – we're definitely going," Roddick's coach, Brad Gilbert told AP.

"I was with Andre when he won gold in '96 in Atlanta, and I played on the team in Seoul in '88," Gilbert said. "It was a great experience."

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt announced this week that he wouldn’t compete in Athens, following the lead of girlfriend Kim Clijsters who will miss the Games because of sponsorship conflicts.

tomtom
12-19-2003, 03:01 PM
Schüttler will play for sure in athens! :worship:

Havok
12-19-2003, 04:58 PM
i praise the 1st person who says that they're going to Athens for a silver/bronze medal:rocker2:

Deboogle!.
12-19-2003, 05:34 PM
LMGDFAO Naldo

tangerine_dream
12-19-2003, 06:01 PM
Naldo, ROFL!! "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you..." oh, bullshit, who am I kidding? I wanna WIN GOLD!

But I have to say, I'm kind of worried about the security in Athens. It'll be a prime target for terrorists. I pray Athens doesn't become another Munich. :sad:

Deboogle!.
12-19-2003, 06:06 PM
But I have to say, I'm kind of worried about the security in Athens. It'll be a prime target for terrorists. I pray Athens doesn't become another Munich. :sad:

Well Greece has always had problems with internal terrorist groups. On the news they talk about the security measures that they're putting into place, I see reports about it once in a while on various networks, so they're obviously trying to do the best they can...... all we can hope is that the crazies stay home... *sigh*

(btw, tangerine, did you get the PM I sent the other day?)

WyverN
12-20-2003, 01:06 AM
Of course all the players who dont have a chance at the slams are making olympics their #1 priority

Deboogle!.
12-20-2003, 01:36 AM
You just had to take a thread started with a positive intent and make it negative

*whistles*

yay Olympics!!

heya
12-20-2003, 02:40 AM
boo! big bad meanie! I keed I keed!

Deboogle!.
12-20-2003, 02:43 AM
lol thanks Triumph ;)

J. Corwin
12-20-2003, 03:03 AM
It's nice that the Olympics are still being seen as an event with high prestige.

WyverN
12-20-2003, 06:17 AM
It's nice that the Olympics are still being seen as an event with high prestige.

They are not.
If only the truth wasn't negative.

Aurora
12-20-2003, 09:27 AM
They are not.
If only the truth wasn't negative.

They are.
Just not as much in tennis.

J. Corwin
12-20-2003, 10:03 AM
They are not.
If only the truth wasn't negative.

They are. Just not relative to slams in tennis.

sam
12-20-2003, 01:54 PM
Schüttler will play for sure in athens! :worship:

:D But how do you know??

Tennis Fool
12-20-2003, 04:23 PM
iF Roddick and Flip are the only top 10 players to go to Athens, I'd give Roddick the edge for the gold.

Deboogle!.
12-20-2003, 04:27 PM
I doubt they're the only ones going... haven't heard anything from most of the other top 10, in fact... or even any of them? lol

Lee
12-20-2003, 05:11 PM
:D But how do you know??

Here is a report from German Yahoo!

http://de.sports.yahoo.com/031219/226/3t6t4.html

I don't know German but with the terrible translation by Babel Fish, it looks like Schuettler wants to play in Athen. He also hope that Haas will be able to play doubles with him.

Kiara
12-20-2003, 05:42 PM
Coria will be there :D

Buddy
12-20-2003, 11:01 PM
i hope more people will take part in this .... i mean if you are a professional... this a chance of a lifetime to win an olympic gold... you have to wait for four years for the next chance and there will be young and rising star players...

and i feel it's simply an open davis cup singles title!!!

Lady
12-21-2003, 12:08 AM
Yep!! Guillermo Coria will definitely play!!! :) He said this himself :bounce:

Lady
12-21-2003, 12:11 AM
Here is a report from German Yahoo!

http://de.sports.yahoo.com/031219/226/3t6t4.html

I don't know German but with the terrible translation by Babel Fish, it looks like Schuettler wants to play in Athen. He also hope that Haas will be able to play doubles with him.

With my poor knowlegde ogf German, I understood that Rainer said that "to win an Olympic medal was always his dream" (as well as winning Wimbledon ;) )

Lee
12-21-2003, 05:25 AM
With my poor knowlegde ogf German, I understood that Rainer said that "to win an Olympic medal was always his dream" (as well as winning Wimbledon ;) )

But then the paragraph mention something like he wants to start in singles in Athen like in Sydney 2000.

azza
12-21-2003, 05:55 AM
SCUD :woohoo:

trixy
12-22-2003, 08:27 AM
It looks like ferrero will also be at Athens. According to a seven sport.


http://www.7sport.com.au/news.php?id=45797

Unlike Hewitt, who announced he would not play last week, Ferrero said was keen to participate at next year's Athens Olympics despite its proximity to the US Open.

"I want to play in the tennis because in four more years I will be 28-years-old," he said.

"I think next year I have the opportunity to have a medal."

Lady
12-22-2003, 10:30 AM
Well, not bad til this point!
I believe if marat is healthy he'll be there also ;)

maratski
12-22-2003, 08:31 PM
I'm sure Marat will be there ;)


He hasn't released his schedule for 2004 yet, but I believe he wants to keep those gold medals coming to Russia ;)

Rainer will be there for sure. Your translations were right ;)

Lady
12-23-2003, 01:33 PM
Ferrero eyes Olympic Gold

Juan Carlos Ferrero says he wants to play in the Olympic Games next year, unlike his Australian Davis Cup conqueror Lleyton Hewitt. Former world number one Hewitt announced last week he would not compete in Athens because the dates were too close to the U.S. Open, the year's fourth major which begins a week after the Olympics.

Serena postpones return



"I want to play in the tennis because in four more years I will be 28 years old," Ferrero said.

"I think next year I have the opportunity to win a medal," he told reporters on Monday in a telephone conference call from Spain.

The French Open champion will play in the Sydney international tournament next month before the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 19.

He said revenge for Australia's defeat of Spain in the Davis Cup final last month would not be high on his agenda.

Ferrero was beaten by Hewitt and Philippoussis in two tough five-set matches as Australia went on to claim their 28th Davis Cup title.

"I don't want revenge because they played very good," Ferrero said.

"It was two losses for me but now I've really recuperated from this," he said.

Ferrero said in September he was considering skipping the Australian Open, the season-opening grand slam, because he needed a rest after a hectic year.

The Spaniard had his best Australian Open result this year when he reached the quarter-finals on the Rebound Ace courts, his least favourite surface.

"I have to defend a lot of (ranking) points in Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne ... so I have to progress to play at the same level as this year because I played very well," Ferrero said.

oxy
12-23-2003, 02:41 PM
its great to know tt ferrero is goin to athens too.....its makes the field more interesting