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Tennis at the Olympics should be DOUBLES ONLY, no singles.

Volcana made a good point in his thread that winning a gold medal should be the pinnacle of achievement for each sport in the Olympics. As it is now the Olympics for tennis is simply not that important because it's less prestigious than Grand Slams and not really any different from any other Tour tournament. If the Olympics were a doubles-only event that would really increase the team element of playing for your country and the prestige of the medals in my opinion.

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It is the "pinnacle" of the sport. Venus and Serena both said that of their trophies, the gold medal is their favorite. Serena's is only doubles,but it's still her favorite.


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Wow how did you get to negative reps?! I hope it wasn't just from this thread, because it is quite a valid point. If tennis in Olympics was doubles only, there would be more "team spirit". But then again, there are other Olympic sports where individuals compete for their country (weightlifting, gymnastics and swimming come to mind - I'm sure there's heaps more).

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what a ridiculous thread close it!
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It is the "pinnacle" of the sport. Venus and Serena both said that of their trophies, the gold medal is their favorite. Serena's is only doubles,but it's still her favorite.
How many grand slam victories would they be willing to trade for one gold medal?

Ask an athlete whether he'd be willing to give up all his world titles in exchange for olympic gold and the answer would most likely be yes.

I think it's a valid point, either make it doubles only, or a junior tournament as with football.

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Volcana made a good point in his thread that winning a gold medal should be the pinnacle of achievement for each sport in the Olympics. As it is now the Olympics for tennis is simply not that important because it's less prestigious than Grand Slams and not really any different from any other Tour tournament. If the Olympics were a doubles-only event that would really increase the team element of playing for your country and the prestige of the medals in my opinion.

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If there only will be doubles tournament, not many people will watch it, wouldn't be a succes and it will be scrapped as an olympic sport

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no one would play, stupid.

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No. If tennis has to be an Olympic sport, then it should be done properly, as it is now.

Personally, I don't think tennis should be at the Olympics. But I don't really mind it either. The players who play and win a medal regard it highly so that's great for them.

I would not say an Olympic medal is worth less than a GS title, but it's definitely not worth more. Let's just say it's different.
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The doubles only is a good idea but I think a better one would be play it in a Davis and Fed cup format. I remember Lindsay saying after she won in Atlanta that while she was playing as part of team USA it still had the feel of a normal tournament to some degree. So I think a fed and davis cup formation would be better keep the 6 players and pick four to play everyday.
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Re: Tennis at the Olympics should be DOUBLES ONLY, no singles.

I disagree. Tennis is both singles and doubles- so both events should be in the Olympics. Singles and Doubles are equally important at every tournament, whether it's a Grand Slam, Olympics or Tier IV.
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