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A'DAM
Apr 5th, 2004, 08:50 PM
What are you guys think about it??? :confused: :confused: :confused:

fan911
Apr 5th, 2004, 08:52 PM
Grandslam titles.

- L i n a -
Apr 5th, 2004, 08:54 PM
For some, it may be the Olympics... but the majority, would be slams.

tennisIlove09
Apr 5th, 2004, 08:55 PM
Tough one really. I'm tending to say the majors, but you have 4 chances each year to play. if you play for 10 years, you have 40 chances to win a major.

Olympics are once every 4 years. So in 10 years, you may only get to play 2. I think an Olympic Gold for your country is bigger.

Venus said that after she won. And even Dementieva, with a silver, said it will the best moment in her career, no matter how many majors she wins

Pamela Shriver
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:03 PM
What is more desired by tennis players? Olympic or one of Grand slams titles?


Olympic, Olympic, Olympic, OLYMPIC!!! In doubles. MUCH better than stupid old singles slams......Pfft who'd want one of those.

Cam'ron Giles
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:06 PM
Olympic, Olympic, Olympic, OLYMPIC!!! In doubles. MUCH better than stupid old singles slams......Pfft who'd want one of those.

Um...you...:p

QUEENLINDSAY
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:10 PM
OLYMPICS!!!!!!!!!

You have 16 chances to win a slam in 4 years
You only have one chance to win an Olympic Gold Medal in 4 years!!!!!!

Tompier
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:19 PM
SLAMS no questions about it :)

Brαm
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:23 PM
I'm sure ppl remember Steffi Graf more for her wins at Wimbledon than for her Olympics win!

Slams, definitely! Not a single doubt about it.
I'd rather have 1 slam than 2 olympic titles!

antonella
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:26 PM
What they really want is The Contract from IMG, the latter two are just a means to the end.

doby
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:26 PM
If they"re smart..it would be grand slams!!Last I looked one doesn't get paid for the Olympics.For myself when the Olympics are on,I rarely watch any of it, way too much flag waving...makes me cringe.

Bezz
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:34 PM
I think for players that already have a slam, the olympics might seem more appealing cos now they can win something for thier country instead of just them. I would choose a slam over the olympics if i didnt have any, but if i already had 1 or 2 i would want an olympic gold instead.

A'DAM
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:47 PM
If they"re smart..it would be grand slams!!Last I looked one doesn't get paid for the Olympics.For myself when the Olympics are on,I rarely watch any of it, way too much flag waving...makes me cringe.

Yeap the money factor can be big...

esquímaux
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:51 PM
Grandslam titles.
;)

propi
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:57 PM
I really think they prefer GS titles, but once they got it some players who keep on defending their national colours really enjoy and go for team victories as well... I mean sure they do their best before too, but now, when they've ensured themselves their little place in history of tennis Olympic medals and so contribute to make their legend much bigger... Olympics are once every 4 years, that make it special :)

A'DAM
Apr 5th, 2004, 10:13 PM
I really think they prefer GS titles, but once they got it some players who keep on defending their national colours really enjoy and go for team victories as well... I mean sure they do their best before too, but now, when they've ensured themselves their little place in history of tennis Olympic medals and so contribute to make their legend much bigger... Olympics are once every 4 years, that make it special :)

:yeah: :yeah: :yeah:

7~ŒLêV3ñ½
Apr 5th, 2004, 10:20 PM
as a player, I prefer the olympics more...

for-sure
Apr 5th, 2004, 10:32 PM
I think that if you already have a slam or 3+ (ala Venus/Serena/JUJU) you really want to get that Gold!

arcus
Apr 5th, 2004, 10:39 PM
What they really want is The Contract from IMG, the latter two are just a means to the end.

That is more true than we all realize. Players love to win a slam or a medal, but a $50million endorsement contract....
GASP......"YES PLEASE!!!!!!!"

faboozadoo15
Apr 5th, 2004, 10:42 PM
I think for players that already have a slam, the olympics might seem more appealing cos now they can win something for thier country instead of just them. I would choose a slam over the olympics if i didnt have any, but if i already had 1 or 2 i would want an olympic gold instead.
i agree. the olympics are very special, but they are only cooler than one slam if you have 2 already.

arcus
Apr 5th, 2004, 10:48 PM
Unlike athletics and some other sports, tennis is pretty much a year round sport. FOr this reason, i dont an event that only comes round every 4 years is as good an indicator of who is the best. You could go unbeaten for 3 seasons and not win in the olympics.
Also, the slams have true tennis tradition, you win a slam you join groups of famous players over centuries. The olympics doesn't have that IN TENNIS yet.
So I'd say the slams win out.

Celeste
Apr 5th, 2004, 11:33 PM
I think it's a little strange that these hardcore tennis pros are even at the Olympics. That goes for basketball and hockey, too. The Olympics to me were always people who played their sport without financial gain and this was their time in the spotlight. These tennis players are already in the spotlight. I don't know, I don't really think of tennis as being a really big Olympic sport, though when Jennifer won, it was great. Otherwise, I have had no reaction to the Olympics in tennis. I think it's a joke. I think those other people are right, if you've won a Slam, this is a nice addition, but otherwise, I don't think players care too much. Sampras and Steffi blew it off in '96 because it was too close to the U.S. Open.

A'DAM
Apr 6th, 2004, 07:09 AM
I think it's a little strange that these hardcore tennis pros are even at the Olympics. That goes for basketball and hockey, too. The Olympics to me were always people who played their sport without financial gain and this was their time in the spotlight. These tennis players are already in the spotlight. I don't know, I don't really think of tennis as being a really big Olympic sport, though when Jennifer won, it was great. Otherwise, I have had no reaction to the Olympics in tennis. I think it's a joke. I think those other people are right, if you've won a Slam, this is a nice addition, but otherwise, I don't think players care too much. Sampras and Steffi blew it off in '96 because it was too close to the U.S. Open.

I think you are bit wrong becouse all sports these days are all about the money, so tennis does not make any exepcion in that matter. :wavey:

Jakeev
Apr 6th, 2004, 08:00 AM
I think for the majority of most tennis players today, winning a Grand Slam is more important than an Olympic medal, even if that player might be from a country that strives to raise Olympians.

I remember reading that when Bulgarian Manuela Maleeva had made it to the medal round of the 88 Seoul Olympics, she literally jumped for joy after winning her quarterfinal match.

Reports had said they had never seen Manuela so ecstatic after winning a match.

But I think for many, or at least players like Zina Garrison, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati have said, they never realized how important and special winning a gold medal was until they stepped onto that podium.

fifiricci
Apr 6th, 2004, 08:20 AM
Slams, no doubt. Tennis in the olympics is naff, totally. Shouldnt be in there at all. There's never a full field.

*abby*
Apr 6th, 2004, 09:48 AM
why dont u ask jenny-she doen both :D
3 slams and an olympic gold medal which, btw, she won when she was 16!!!(beating steffi)

DJ Troll
Apr 6th, 2004, 10:47 AM
olimpic gold

A'DAM
Apr 6th, 2004, 11:42 AM
why dont u ask jenny-she doen both :D
3 slams and an olympic gold medal which, btw, she won when she was 16!!!(beating steffi)

Yes that was amazing!!! :worship:

_KidmaN_
Apr 6th, 2004, 11:46 AM
Grand slams are 4 per each year and olympics are once per 4 years.. and it should be more important

joaco
Apr 6th, 2004, 12:36 PM
I would rather win WIMBLEDON over the Olympics. But the Olympics over any other GS :)

lleykifanatic
Apr 6th, 2004, 12:45 PM
Of course slams! You can see how many top players have committed to the Olympics.