London 2012 Olympic Games One-Year Out Preview

Tennis

  
2012 Preview
The leader in Olympic tennis medals since the sport was reinstated as a full-medal Olympic event in 1988, the U.S. Olympic Tennis Team expects continued success in 2012 as the Games return to the hallowed courts of Wimbledon for the first time since 1908 – the only other time that Olympic tennis was played on grass. The tennis competition runs from July 28 – the day of the Opening Ceremony – thru August 5.
 
The 2012 Olympic tennis competition will include 64-player draws for both men’s and women’s singles, and 32-team draws for men’s and women’s doubles. Additionally, mixed doubles will make its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1924. Andy Roddick and Serena Williams exchanged tweets sharing their intent to play together immediately following the announcement that mixed doubles was added for the 2012 Games.
 
Key Athletes
Women
  • Serena Williams: A two-time gold medalist in doubles with her twin sister (2000 and 2008), Williams will seek her first singles medal at the site where she captured her 13th Grand Slam title in 2010. With her fourth Wimbledon title in hand, Williams passed Billie Jean King for sixth most career Grand Slam singles titles. One of only six women in history to simultaneously hold the top ranking in both singles and doubles, Williams is expected to compete in singles and doubles in London and has also discussed the possibility of playing mixed doubles with Andy Roddick (they exchanged tweets immediately after the announcement that mixed doubles was added to the 2012 Games).
  • Venus Williams: Already a three-time gold medalist (singles and doubles in 2000 and doubles in 2008), the former world No. 1 hopes to be the first American to compete in four Olympic tennis competitions in London.  Williams will seek her fourth gold medal at Wimbledon, where she has had her most success, winning five singles titles (2000-01, 2005, 2007-08) and four women’s doubles titles (2000, 2002, 2008-09). She also reached the Wimbledon mixed doubles final with American Bob Bryan in 2006.
  • Liezel Huber: Huber accomplished her “American Deam” of representing the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing after becoming a U.S. citizen a year earlier. A doubles quarterfinalist in Beijing, Huber previously competed in doubles for South Africa in 2000. She won two Wimbledon doubles titles (2005, 2007) and three decisive Fed Cup doubles matches for the U.S. in five tries since the start of 2009.
Men
  • Andy Roddick: The former world No. 1 and 2003 US Open champion looks to make his second Olympic appearance after debuting in Athens (lost in quarterfinals to eventual bronze medalist Fernando Gonzalez) and skipping Beijing in order to prepare for the 2008 US Open. Roddick is expected to take his strong grass-court game to Wimbledon, where he is a three-time singles finalist and took part in the longest fifth set in Wimbledon final history in 2009 (lost to Federer, 16-14, in the fifth set). Roddick is also one of the most decorated members of the U.S. Davis Cup team, ranking second all-time with 33 singles victories through 2011. He has a 78-19 career record on grass courts (.804) and has won the title at Queen’s Club four times (2003-05, 2007). 
  • Mardy Fish: Fish could return to the Olympics for the first time since 2004, when he won the silver medal in Athens after losing to Nicolas Massu of Chile in five sets. He could partner his childhood friend and high-school teammate Andy Roddick in men’s doubles. Fish had the best showing of any American in singles at Wimbledon in 2011, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time, which earned him a career-high world ranking of No. 8 the following week. He has had success on grass, where he is 43-25 during his career, including capturing his first grass court title in Newport, R.I., in 2010.  Fish made his Davis Cup debut in 2002 and accounted for all three points for the United States in a 3-1 win over Colombia in the 2010 World Group Playoff to maintain the United States’ uninterrupted run in the World Group since 1989.
  • Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan: Bob and Mike Bryan look to make their third consecutive trip to the Olympics after capturing the bronze medal in Beijing, losing to eventual gold medalists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the semifinals and defeating France’s Anraud Clement and Michael Llodra for bronze. At Wimbledon 2011, the Bryans equaled the record for most career Grand Slam men’s doubles titles in the Open Era with their 11th major title together and their 73rd career tour-level men’s doubles title together (which is the Open Era record). It was their second Wimbledon title along with their triumph in 2006. The two faced against each other in the 2008 Wimbledon mixed doubles final as Bob teamed with Australian Samantha Stosur to defeat Mike and Katarina Srebotnik. They both also reached the Wimbledon mixed doubles final with a potential Olympic partner (Bob in 2006 with Venus Williams and Mike in 2001 with Liezel Huber). Together the brothers are 18-2 in Davis Cup play, having anchored the doubles match since 2002. 
Selection Procedures
Draws
The singles events shall consist of a draw of 64 singles players, with a maximum of four players per nation. The men’s and women’s doubles events shall consist of a draw of 32 teams, each comprising of players from the same nation, with a maximum of two teams per nation. The mixed doubles event shall consist of a draw of 16 teams, each comprising of players from the same nation, with a maximum of two teams per nation.
 
Selections
All players accepted by the International Tennis Federation for the Olympic tennis event gain entry on the basis of their position on the globally accepted 52-week rolling professional rankings (the ATP World Tour Rankings and the WTA Rankings). Fifty-six players will receive direct acceptance in the singles events at the 2012 Olympic tennis event based on the recognized international singles computer rankings as of June 11, 2012. A National Association that has more than four players eligible for direct acceptance into a singles event should select its four highest ranked players based on the computer rankings. Any player nominated and accepted for the singles event will automatically be eligible for selection for the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles events.
  • Men’s and Women’s Doubles: The ITF will select doubles teams from doubles nominations received from National Associations for direct acceptance, taking into account the recognized international singles and doubles computer rankings as of June 11, 2012, and the number and names of players already accepted into the singles events. A maximum of four players, two doubles teams, from any one nation may compete in the men’s and women’s doubles events. Any doubles player ranked 10th or better based on the recognized international computer rankings as of June 11, 2012, will have direct qualification for the doubles event, providing his/her nominated partner has a recognized international singles or doubles ranking on June 11; he/she and his/her partner have been nominated as a doubles team by their respective NOC/national association; and the nomination does not bring the total number of competitors from that country to more than six per gender. 
  • Mixed Doubles: Mixed doubles teams will be selected from players who have been nominated for the singles and/or doubles events and will therefore already be on-site. The deadline for entry will be on-site, with entry forms to be submitted to the ITF by 11 a.m. on July 31, 2012. The ITF will select mixed doubles teams taking into account the recognized international singles and doubles computer rankings as of June 11, 2012.  A maximum of four players, two doubles teams, from any one nation may compete in the mixed doubles event.
Key Dates
  • June 11, 2012: Date of ITF ranking to determine direct qualification (the first ranking after the conclusion of Roland Garros)
  • June 21, 2012: NOCs/National Associations to confirm the entry of eligible players and submit applications for final qualification places
  • June 28, 2012: ITF to inform NOCs/National Associations of final qualification places (ITF places
  • July 9, 2012: Deadline for London 2012 Organizing Committee to receive entry forms
  • July 31, 2012: Deadline for ITF to receive on-site entries into mixed doubles event by 11 a.m.
Athlete Social Media
  • Serena Williams - @serenawilliams
  • Venus Williams - @venuseswilliams
  • Andy Roddick - @andyroddick
  • John Isner - @johnisner
  • Bob Bryan - @bryanbros
  • Mike Bryan - @bryanbrothers
  • Ryan Harrison - @ryanharrison92
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands - @BMATTEK
  • Sloane Stephens - @sloanetweets
  • Melanie Oudin - @melanie_oudin
  • Sam Querrey - @sam_querrey
Communications Contact
Tim Curry
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