Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?
For those who are "old" enough to remember, Venus and Serena represented the USA in women's doubles for the 2000 olympics in Australia. There was a lot of controversy regarding Serena's inclusion on the doubles team. Lisa Raymond who I believed was ranked #1 at the time felt she should be on the team (with Venus) rather than Serena. In the end, BJK chose Serena rather than Lisa. In the subsequent olympics, the ITF changed the rules and allow countries to field TWO doubles instead of one.
Now here is where things get really interesting. Two of the best doubles players right now are Americans, Huber and Raymond and clearly they would (and SHOULD) be chosen as one of the two doubles team. But what about the second team? The next highest ranked doubles American players are Vania King, Mattek-Sands and Megan Shaughnessy. Fortunately the team will not be selected today, but unless the Sisters run the doubles tables at The Australian Open AND the French Open, The probably will not earn enough points to move up the rankings to justify their place on the team. And we will have yet another repeat of the controversy back in 2000.
But seriously folks, how could Mary-Jo (or whomever) deny the TWO GREATEST GRASSCOURT PLAYERS of their generation (assuming they are healthy) from playing in the olympics....on grass?
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