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So how highly do the players think of the Olympics?

Personaly I think the majority of players don't give much of a crap about the Olympics or playing for their countries compared to the GS events or some other big ones. We often hear players say they feel privileged, special, honored, etc. to play for their countries but yet in the case of Fed Cup, as soon as they have become top players, they refuse to play making one excuse to another. We hardly see a top 5 player play the team competition all year around. And now comes the Olympics. I dunno if players are given some tour events but it seems most of the top players really don't give a damn about it. On the surface they always say they's love to play and it means a lot but what they do after all ain't really compatible with what they say in public. I'm disappointed in Ai (no offense) for her not participating in the event due to a tight schedule. I know she always puts her tour schedule first and when it's tight, she doesn't even play Fed Cup even when she's healthy. In my opinion, the Olympics means little to most of the top players just like Fed Cup. What do you think?
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I agree with you, I see it on how top players maybe don't care to play olympics and how my fave Asa Svensson dreams on simply participating on Athens, not even winning a match, she only wants to represent her country.

Hopefully this can be changed as they will give ranking points, I mean representing your country in such a competition must feel so great.

But everybody is different.
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Most tennis player underates the Olympic experience.

It is purely a surreal and a memorable entrenched into one's mind.

Just ask Jelena Dokic in 2000, "I wouldn't matter, if I had lost in the first round or won the Gold medal, it was a great experience."
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if i was a tennis player, i'd LOVE to just BE in the olympics!

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Elena Dementieva values an Olympic Gold medal ABOVE a Grand Slam title. She reasons that the Olympics only come once every four years, whereas the Grand Slams happen every year, making the Olympic Games more of an honour. When she won Silver for Russia in 2000, she became a hero back home, something which she believes wouldn't necessarily happen in the way that it did if she had won a Grand Slam title. She was chosen to march behind the Russian flag in Sydney and said she cherished that experience above anything she'd ever accomplished before that moment, including reaching the semi-finals of the US Open a couple of weeks earlier.
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I think it probably means a lot more to those with a realistic chance of winning a medal. Thinking of all the players that have won medals over the years they all seemed pretty happy.
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I think it meant a lot to Venus and Serena. They said they were humbled by the experience and that it was more important than the slams because it was only once every 4 years.

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Jennifer Capriati always talks about how much she values her gold medal as much if not more than her other awards.
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Couple months before 00' Olympics:

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Question: Why is it special to play in the Olympics?

Venus: Because this is something that I've always watched since I can remember. My Dad taped it. We always watched it, all the swimming. Unfortunately, not too much tennis. But all the other events that they do televise, we watched every one of them. This is something I think everyone grows up with, especially if you're a sports player.

Question: Is there another sport you'd like to be an Olympian in?

Venus: Archery.

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Following her win over Seles, Williams said she that she, possibly, would rate winning an Olympic gold medal higher than winning a Grand Slam singles title. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Williams. "The next time I come here, I'll be 24 -- IF I can get to the Olympics again. Obviously, there's not too much time to win a medal in your lifetime -- and that's probably bigger than a Grand Slam."

"Thirty-one wins is pretty nice and for it to continue to Gold would be perfect," Williams noted.

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Williams wowed a crowd that included her sister, their mother, U.S. teammate and bronze medalist Monica Seles, coach Billie Jean King and members of the U.S. swim team.


Even Williams was a bit overwhelmed by the performance. When she received her medal, she beamed and covered her face with her hands.


"I felt really emotional," she said. "You see it on TV. It was really great. It was me."

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It seems as though the Olympics are held is as high esteem if not higher than the Grands Slams for Venus! I hope she plays in Athens and defends her title!
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Well.. I don't know if we should take the players' words as they are. If they really meant what they said of the Olympics, I want some proof from them in action not in words. It was very sad that Lisa R didn't make the cut despite her showing the most efforts to make the team. No offense to the Willy sisters but Venus threatened not to participate if Serena wouldn't make the cut in doubles. Guess BJK was more or less pressured to pick Serena over Lisa. Well maybe Venus changed her mind after her expreience in Sydney...
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Well.. I don't know if we should take the players' words as they are. If they really meant what they said of the Olympics, I want some proof from them in action not in words. It was very sad that Lisa R didn't make the cut despite her showing the most efforts to make the team. No offense to the Willy sisters but Venus threatened not to participate if Serena wouldn't make the cut in doubles. Guess BJK was more or less pressured to pick Serena over Lisa. Well maybe Venus changed her mind after her expreience in Sydney...
And why wouldn't you take the players word?
Who is more of an authority on what they want
and how they feel than them!?!
Venus wanted to share the experience with her best friend and sister!
She knew she had leverage and used it and she didn't disappoint!

BJK wasn't pressured into anything. If anything, V&S made an emphatic statement by winning the doubles' at Wimbledon showing BJK they could do it an win. Also, Raymond was #1 in the doubles ranking but Stubbs who was her partner wasn't American and couldn't play with her. Raymond would've had to play with someone new and adjust quickly as their wasn't much time to get comfortable whereas V&S knew each others game and by that time had already won atleast three GS Doubles' Titles. I felt bad for Lisa, but BJK did what she had to in the best interest for the US and go with the best chance to bring home gold and she obviously didn't regret it as she made the right choice.
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Justine said that she'll play Olympics for 100%
So I guess she wants to win it!!

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Monica was very excited to win a medal at the Olympics - so she also regards the Olympics very high.

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