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Is there any player who would trade a GS title with an Olympic Gold Medal?

I doubt there is any.
Even those who have won a gold medal and said it's very speical wouldn't really consider it more important and precious than a GS title in my opinion.
The bucks from winning a GS is so much sweeter than from winning a gold medal let alone the huge ranking points.
What do you think?
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I guess it depends on how important you preceive an Olympic gold medal to be, personally, I would think most players would trade GS's titles for an Olympic gold medal.

The way I see it, an Olympic gold medal is something very special that a player only has the opportunity to achieve once every four years, (so probably only 2 or 3 times in their career), if, and only if, they are amongst the very best players in their country. They all have four opportunities every year of their entire careers to win a GS title.

On top of that, of course, is the honour of being chosen to represent and being able to win something on behalf of their country.

If I were in their position, I know that an Olympic medal of any colour would mean far more to me than any Grand Slam title, and, naturally, that's the only frame of reference I have.

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winning Slams is one thing but winning GOLD in the biggest Sporting event in the World is totally diff and of greater value.

no amount of $$$$ and pts can make up for it.

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Venus said winning Olympic Gold was more special to her than winning a GS title, but I'm not sure if she would trade a GS for an Olympic title.
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Venus said winning Olympic Gold was more special to her than winning a GS title, but I'm not sure if she would trade a GS for an Olympic title.
Well, fortunately it's not something
she has to worry about!

I think the winning Olympic Gold for Venus fullfilled her and her father's dream. Venus also said it was more special because you have the chance to win a GS every year, where as you only have the chance to win Olympic Gold every four years.
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There is only one Olympics in 4 years, there are 16 grandslams in that time.

I'd much rather an Olympic gold medal than a grandslam win personally, they're much more rare, and it's something you've done for your country.
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You have to ask them I guess.

Personally I don't consider the olympics important and a GS is waaay more important.

What irritates me is that some people talk about how wonderful playing for your country is like the holy truth. That might be true for some people but not for everyone, generalizations piss me off.

And the fact that there are 4 GSs a year and one olympics every 4 years doesn't make any difference. The GSs offer a lot of money and they have a tradition, which the olympics lack.

At the end of the day, players that won GS titles will be remember among the greats, winning the olympics doesn't give a player the same status.
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You have to ask them I guess.

Personally I don't consider the olympics important and a GS is waaay more important.

What irritates me is that some people talk about how wonderful playing for your country is like the holy truth. That might be true for some people but not for everyone, generalizations piss me off.

And the fact that there are 4 GSs a year and one olympics every 4 years doesn't make any difference. The GSs offer a lot of money and they have a tradition, which the olympics lack.

At the end of the day, players that won GS titles will be remember among the greats, winning the olympics doesn't give a player the same status.
Jus' one thing. I think the Olympics have far more tradition than any other sporting event, much less the Slams.

Every player would rather have a Slam.
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maybe if they have tons of slams and no olympic medal, but I think one time slam champions would take the grand slam for sure

in other sports the olympics are everything but in tennis isn't (at least not yet)

take Cappy and Lindsay. They won gold before they won a slam and still people only started to talk about them as great champions after they won those slams

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Jus' one thing. I think the Olympics have far more tradition than any other sporting event, much less the Slams.

Every player would rather have a Slam.
But I believe in tennis the Olympics isn't as important as in some other sports. Playing for your country is indeel special but doesn't mean it's more important. It's easier said than really thought. You know, of course it sounds much better saying I would trade any of my titles for a Olympic Gold Medal than the other way around on players' part.
I'm not blaming some players or thinking of them hypocritical or dishonest but I don't know if they take it as seriously as they take the GSs or athelets from other sports take the Olympics.
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