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What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

I think olympic gold. The top players all play for that opportunity and know that the olympics is held only once every four years. Grand slams however, are held four times a year.

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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

Didn't Sampras not play Olympics?
Usually slams have better fields. A lot of top players skip the Olympics. Kim didn't want to play because of sponsor issues.

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"Tennis does not feel like an Olympic sport," Clijsters said at the Hopman Cup in Perth. "I don't think they get the publicity or the crowds they get at Grand Slams. "I mean yeah, great, it is in the Olympics, but for me I don't think it feels like an Olympic sport."

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Olympic gold medal is worth no more than a tier 1 in tennis.
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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

Definitely a slam. You go into the history books with a slam. Olympic Gold definitely beefs up the resume, but if it's all you have, it's much easier to dismiss than if you only win a slam.

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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

olympic gold of course. national hero and once per 4 years.

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olympic gold of course. national hero and once per 4 years.
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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

In athletics and similar sports olympic gold is very valuable, but I don't think it's that important in tennis. It really doesn't feel like an olympic sport. So yeah if I was a tennis player I'd go for a grand slam title. Screw the olympics, they suck anyway
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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

OUR Grand Slams of course..

Sorry to be a sourpuss, I agree with Kim - tennis isn't an Olympic sport.
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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

In Tennis
Grand Slam >>>> Olympics

In Athetics, Swimming etc
Olympics >>>> World Champs (equivalent of a Grand Slam)


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Many player would still kill to win Olympic Gold though


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In Tennis Grand slam.... maybe one day it'll be Olympic Gold... but right now the gold medals really have no history in tennis....
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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

Some players (particularly the Chinese) may desire an Olympic gold more, but Grand Slams are the most important tournaments in the sport. I think the Olympics are one of the most important outside of the slams however.
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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

Slam every time.

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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

A Slam is better. But it's nice to say you have a Gold Medal.
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Re: What's more valuable? Olympic gold or a grand slam?

To me, it would be a slam



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