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Do we know if any tennis players will be flagbearer at the Olympics opening ceremony?

Does anyone know who will carry the flag round for their country in Athens on Friday, and if any are tennis players? I remember Goran Ivanisevic did it for Croatia one year. It is a pretty big honour to be selected from the whole team to carry it, and it is usually someone who has achieved a lot, or is very famous.

Arantxa is playing her 5th Olympics, and has won more medals than any Spaniard in Olympic history, so I would think she is deserving of it, and could be asked, although I think she might be playing in Sopot next week.

Someone like Justine is a possibility. The Belgians on the board can correct me if I am wrong, but she is probably the most famous Belgian sportsperson right now, and definitely the most famous worldwide Belgian having been number 1 in the world so I could see her doing it. Roger Federer is someone else who might do it for Switzerland as he is their biggest star right now. Any other possibilties?


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I read that Federer will be carrying the flag for Switzerland

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The Spanish flag will be carried by Isabel Fernandez, Olympic Champion in Sydney 2000 and Bronce medallist in Atlanta'96 in Judo.
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Justine probably will carry the flag, but nothing is official yet

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it may be Gella Vandecaveye as well for Belgium, as a reward for her glorious career

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I read that Federer will be carrying the flag for Switzerland
yes, it's true. good choice!


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Dally for Madgascar? I don't know if Madagascar has even got any other "quite known" athletes ...

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it may be Gella Vandecaveye as well for Belgium, as a reward for her glorious career
That would make sense ... Justine only said that she wanted to carry the flag, but I think she'll understand if Gella gets the honour ...

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Dally for Madgascar? I don't know if Madagascar has even got any other "quite known" athletes ...
there is a athlete I cant remember her name who starts 110m hurdles
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The Spanish flag will be carried by Isabel Fernandez, Olympic Champion in Sydney 2000 and Bronce medallist in Atlanta'96 in Judo.
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Grr...maybe Arantxa will try to carry it the NEXT Olympics lol

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I propose to be the actual flag pole for the US team. C'mon I'm the right shape and height!

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That would make sense ... Justine only said that she wanted to carry the flag, but I think she'll understand if Gella gets the honour ...
I saw her training on Belgian TV yesterday

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Sorry I posted so quickly I realise it wasn't clear. I was talking about Gella, of course

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Grr...maybe Arantxa will try to carry it the NEXT Olympics lol
IF you're annoyed for the choice you should have read Emilio Sánchez Vicario's comments about it and Isabel's answer

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