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Old 05-04-2012, 08:29 PM   #31
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Every hater will say the gold medal is shit if federer gets it this year

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The fact that it is so rarely is precisely why it won't be as important because it's all about timing and luck to some extent. If we'd had the olympics in 2007 or 2009, Federer likely would've won whereas in 2010 Nadal would've won and 2011 Djokovic. It's so much based on form and luck...

Additionally, it's best of three until the final, with a smaller draw than in GSs and some of the best players in the world are not allowed to play because of the requirements
the fact that it is a RARE event makes it even more special. do you think that less and less people go out to watch Hayley's Comet over time?? NO. because it still is a rare and important thing to see, just like the Olympics just gets more important as time passes.

almost all best players play the Olympics we know that. the fact is currently the Olympics in tennis is not hugely talked about because it's only been around for what a little over a decade but in a few more decades it will be very important. the olympics is your chance to honor your country and there is nothing that a person has more than pride for where they come from..... you can play semantics all day long, saying who would win and who didn't because of "luck" but the fact is that in every other sport in the world Olympics is extremely valued despite these weak 'reasons' that you describe.

Olympics is as important as Grand Slams now because it writes you into not only tennis history books, but WORLD history books. Slams are always going to be about as important as they are now but there is room for the tennis Olympics to become more and more valued.

you act like it means so little when Roger Federer freaked out when merely winning 2008 Doubles for his country. the players do care, and they care a lot, because they realize the significance in such a huge historical worldwide event.

and the fact there is 1 Olympics ever 4 years and 16 Grand Slams, speaks volumes
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All BS. The Olympics might have the prestige to back itself up, but the history of tennis isn't represented very well in it.
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The only reason it would be more important is because there are 16 times as many slams as Olympics so it's tougher to win
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All BS. The Olympics might have the prestige to back itself up, but the history of tennis isn't represented very well in it.
pretty much irrelevant, worldwide speaking tennis is not even followed that strongly in contrast to larger sports like Cricket and football (soccer), so no matter what the tennis aspect of the Olympics will not be followed quite as closely as other sports.

just the fact that TENNIS is in the Olypmics is why it is so important. the prestige is automatic regardless of the history, and if anything BECAUSE tennis is so new into the Olympics makes it more valuable to win now- the winners will be the earliest winners of the tennis Olympics and set a huge tone for the future.

it's really ludicrous to say its not pretty much par with a Grand SLam, it's ONCE every 4 years and a huge majority of high ranked tennis players go out of their way to say how important it is to them to preform well at the SUMMER olympics this year, in some cases more important than the GS's
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Is this supposed to be breaking news or anything?

Slams are the most important events in tennis.

Olympic Games are the most important sporting event in the world. Rafa isn't telling us anything new. Every sportsman dreams of one day getting an Olympic gold medal.
you r partially wrong.
OG as a "whole" are the most important event in sports, and even for many sports such as basquetball, gimnastics, athletics and else is the biggest achievement. But there are sports that OG are a minor achievement and tennis is one of them, no wonder that Massu and Gonzalez got many medals (included gold) while in the atp couldnt achieve not even a M1000, most of top tennis players dont care the OG and if they go there, go specially to enojoy the spirit of olympic games.

Take a look at football, they not even play with professional players, do you think they care more OG than FIFA World Cup?
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the fact that it is a RARE event makes it even more special. do you think that less and less people go out to watch Hayley's Comet over time?? NO. because it still is a rare and important thing to see, just like the Olympics just gets more important as time passes.

almost all best players play the Olympics we know that. the fact is currently the Olympics in tennis is not hugely talked about because it's only been around for what a little over a decade but in a few more decades it will be very important. the olympics is your chance to honor your country and there is nothing that a person has more than pride for where they come from..... you can play semantics all day long, saying who would win and who didn't because of "luck" but the fact is that in every other sport in the world Olympics is extremely valued despite these weak 'reasons' that you describe.

Olympics is as important as Grand Slams now because it writes you into not only tennis history books, but WORLD history books. Slams are always going to be about as important as they are now but there is room for the tennis Olympics to become more and more valued.

you act like it means so little when Roger Federer freaked out when merely winning 2008 Doubles for his country. the players do care, and they care a lot, because they realize the significance in such a huge historical worldwide event.

and the fact there is 1 Olympics ever 4 years and 16 Grand Slams, speaks volumes
The fact that it's rare speaks for the fluke factor. Look at Massu's GS record, or Blake's (who made the bronze match last time). Murray lost in R1 last time to Lu...

I'm not saying it's unimportant. I'm saying that when we compare players and look at their achievements, Olympics will mean less than Grand Slams. Sure, for Nadal, who's won 10 slams he'd probably take the OG over another slam. But players with 0 of each would surely prefer the Slam.

The Olympics is valued in all other sports because most olympic sports are different. Football OG isn't as valued, nor will the golf or rugby OG be as valued as the Majors or the rugby world cup.

And yes, the draw is easier. Best of three, with the restrictions on nationalities some best players will be left out.
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This article is not worth getting incensed about -- to me it's pretty clear they must have mistranslated somehow i.e. he's probably trying to say the Olympics are really special, the main reason being because you represent your country. Where does he say they're more important than slams? He says:

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"The Olympic Games is very special for many reasons and in my opinion the biggest one because you are representing your country," Nadal said as he prepares for the Madrid Masters event starting next week.
"The biggest one" means the biggest reason that it is special is because you're representing your country -- not that it is bigger than slams!

There's no way he'd say the Olympics mean more than slams -- he's been asked about it before and he's said in tennis the slams are most important. Simple question - offer Nadal one more RG or one more gold medal - are we seriously saying he'd pick Olympics? No way.

Fed would go for Olympics as he'd have the one big prize he doesn't.

But there's no comparison - slams are what matter.
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Is this supposed to be breaking news or anything?

Slams are the most important events in tennis.

Olympic Games are the most important sporting event in the world. Rafa isn't telling us anything new. Every sportsman dreams of one day getting an Olympic gold medal.
I'm sure NFL football players would disagree with you.
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you r partially wrong.
OG as a "whole" are the most important event in sports, and even for many sports such as basquetball, gimnastics, athletics and else is the biggest achievement. But there are sports that OG are a minor achievement and tennis is one of them, no wonder that Massu and Gonzalez got many medals (included gold) while in the atp couldnt achieve not even a M1000, most of top tennis players dont care the OG and if they go there, go specially to enojoy the spirit of olympic games.

Take a look at football, they not even play with professional players, do you think they care more OG than FIFA World Cup?
You're looking at this the wrong way. Olympics aren't about tennis or a specific sport. It's about representing your country and getting the biggest prize in all of sports.

Massu shouldn't be inducted to the Hall of Fame just because he won the Olympics. Olympics aren't that relevant in determining greatness in tennis because it's a tournament that doesn't have much tradition as far as tennis is concerned.

But wanting to win the Olympics goes way beyond your ambitions as a tennis player. I'm not surprised at all Rafa and Nole have claimed they want to win the Olympics above all. People make the mistake of thinking that just because their tards are constantly obsessing about crap like legacy, GOAT and nonsense of the same kind, they do too.

Winning the Olympics goes way beyond such trivial matters. Massu would never change his gold medal with a Slam. Olympic gold medal >>>>>>>> any prize available in tennis.

And BTW, Messi was incredibly happy when he won the Olympics with Argentina. Guardiola still describes the Olympics as the best experience of his football career. They are a special experience regardless of the sport.
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Federer is aroused by the Olympics too.

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The six-time Wimbledon singles champion won gold in the men's doubles in Beijing but has failed to win a singles medal in his three previous Olympic visits.

'It's a big goal for me, there's no doubt about it,' Federer said.

'This is my fourth time. I don't think there's another player in singles who has played four in this era so I am very happy that I'm able to do this.

'I think it's going to be helpful that I've won an Olympic gold already.

'I'll feel a little less pressure, although there will be massive pressure on all the players, especially the favourites.

'This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be playing at Wimbledon at the Olympic Games.'

Tennis is a relative newcomer to the Olympics and despite the huge riches and prestige on offer in other tournaments, Federer says he thinks the sport fully deserves its Olympic status as it honours the spirit of the Games.

'I think we have shown enough goodwill to prove that we care so dearly about the Olympic Games,' he said.

'It's not always about points and rankings and money - what's important is that the players show we love the Olympic spirit, the dream of representing our country.

'I'm happy that we're in the Olympic Games and the more we can prove to the people that we care very dearly, the more I hope everyone's happier about it.'

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/olympics/8945...#ixzz1twBbXlVN
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I'm sure NFL football players would disagree with you.
NFL outside of US means almost nothing.....FIFA WORLD CUP is still THE PREMIER SPORTS EVENT EVER
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Federer is aroused by the Olympics too.
No surprises here. Everyone who thinks a tennis Grand Slam tournament comes even close to the Olympic gold medal is completely deluded and has no idea about sports.

For these guys, there are more important things than "What do I have to win for tards in a tennis forum to claim I am the GOAT?".Olympics might not be an important factor in determining greatness in tennis, but it's bigger than tennis itself.
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