Re: Courier: Olympics = 5th major!
Olympics aren't comparable to slams for a few reasons. First of all, being once in four years doesn't suit to tennis. Majors being every year means you can't blame bad luck for not winning a particular major but you can blame bad luck for not winning Olympic Gold. Actually, not winning WTF is a bigger fault in a players career than not winning OG. Both WTF & OG are events everybody wants to win, but you surely get enough chances to win WTF, if only you are capable to win it.
Secondly, not being a traditional Olympic sport, tennis has other more traditional events. And as such a globally big sport, those events get more coverage than Olympic tennis. In smaller sports, Olympics become instantly the biggest competition once the sport is accepted to OG. That's because Olympics give most publicity for that sport. But even today, Wimbledon is the biggest tennis title for most people even though tennis is an Olympic sport.
Also, Olympic tennis lack character unlike slams & WTF. Especially in the 90s (before surface homogenization), all slams played differently and WTF is the most prestigious indoor tournament. But what are Olympics. Usually one more HC tournament but last time a grass tourney. And sometimes in can be also on clay.
My blog: August on Sports
My twitter: @AugustOnSports
The Saviour of Tennis
Australian Open 2014: Ended Nadal-Djokovic-Murray dominance in Slams
Monte Carlo 2014: Ended Nadal-Djokovic dominance in Masters