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AjdeNate!
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:03 AM
I'm all about the Olympics, and am counting the days til they startin Athens. Here's a news-snippet that was sent to my email box:

The Athens Olympic Committee has asked GEORGE MICHAEL,
who is of Greek descent, to write a theme for the 2004 Summer Games.

BTW, the opening ceremonies are in 754 days.

http://www.athens2004.com/Templates/5615/IMG0.gif


Here's a news articles about Tennis @ The Olympics from the Athens Official Website:
http://www.athens2004.com/page/default.asp?id=5329&la=2

Tennis Center:
http://www.athens2004.com/files/venusfull/2_630_AOSC_OL_TENNIS_CENTRE.jpg

Olympic Grounds:
http://www.athens2004.com/files/venusmaps/2_540_Ath_Oly_Spor_Comp.jpg

Crazy Canuck
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:06 AM
An interesting choice. Good luck to him :)

Can't wait to hear it at the opening ceremonies!

AjdeNate!
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:08 AM
The park looks pretty, and the tennis center looks very adequate!

Brαm
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:26 AM
A-ha red clay :D

Monica_Rules
Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:14 AM
Isn't there a big fuss over the fact its on red clay and about 2 weeks before the Open in US?

I think they will have to make major changes to that years schedual!

AjdeNate!
Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:19 AM
French Open - clay
2 week interim
Wimbledon - grass
2 week interim
Olympics - clay

I can see some players skipping Wimby...'specially the claycourt specialists that don't give themselves a chance on grass.

Benny
Jul 22nd, 2002, 11:10 AM
Is the olympics on clay? :sad::sad: (for Tammy)

-Sonic-
Jul 22nd, 2002, 11:16 AM
i like that type of pic. i'd like to see more of the tour tournaments like that.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jul 22nd, 2002, 12:31 PM
I think 2004's US Olympic team will be a very depleted field....even though we will send 3 candidates, I'm 90% sure none of the top 20 would go (except maybe Shaughnessy). That is if Meghann is still top 20 at that time.

Williams Rulez
Jul 22nd, 2002, 12:33 PM
On clay?! :eek:

2 weeks after Wimbledon? :eek:

Weird...

But the complex looks all so good! :D

babsi
Jul 22nd, 2002, 03:19 PM
Barcelona was on clay after Wimbledon in 92.

The WTA/ATP have no say on the surface, Athens decides on what surface (to favour their players). No surprise it is clay. The conditions in Athens are going to be horrible, really hot and humid.

And with it being 2 weeks after Wimbledon when I thought it was going to be more in August I think there might be a few more top players there than I originally thought.

ys
Jul 22nd, 2002, 03:28 PM
And with it being 2 weeks after Wimbledon when I thought it was going to be more in August I think there might be a few more top players there than I originally thought.

Competition will take place within the span of eight days (August 15-22). Is it "two weeks" after Wimbledon? It is not going to be a choice between Wimbledon and Olympics, it will be a choice between US Open and Olympics.. I can see few players who'd play there instead of playing Canadian and New Haven. Anyone who'll be in hunt for Olympic gold can kiss their US Open hopes goodbye. And with US Open being the most lucrative event by far, very few would take a risk. Mostly those who dislike US hardcourts or those who are very patriotic. Perhaps Spanish and South American players, Mauresmo, Henin, Dementieva, maybe even Seles. Maybe Dokic. But I can't see The sisters or Capriati or Davenport or Hingis playing it really. It is going to be very depleted field.

Danke Anke
Jul 22nd, 2002, 06:09 PM
i think this would be a good place for monica to retire... with olympic gold :)

Vanity
Jul 22nd, 2002, 06:21 PM
Athens decides on what surface (to favour their players)

If that is true, it's a really odd choice because their best player (Eleni Daniilidou) is better on grass than on clay.

ys
Jul 22nd, 2002, 08:00 PM
i think this would be a good place for monica to retire... with olympic gold

Yes it would, but not a chance on earth for Monica to win there..

arn
Jul 22nd, 2002, 08:09 PM
Watch out for Eleni to do well here!!!

Els Callens said she would retire after the olympics. She wants to get another doubles medal here. But will she play with Kim or Justine?? Or maybe even Elke???

LucasArg
Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:50 PM
Clay!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Danke Anke
Jul 23rd, 2002, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by ys


Yes it would, but not a chance on earth for Monica to win there..


How do u figure? Clay is Monica's best surface IMO and if the Williams and Davenport and Hingis are more interested in a GS at the Open why wouldnt she be able to win a gold? Its only 2 years away, I think she can still play great tennis then.

ys
Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:10 AM
How do u figure? Clay is Monica's best surface IMO and if the Williams and Davenport and Hingis are more interested in a GS at the Open why wouldnt she be able to win a gold? Its only 2 years away, I think she can still play great tennis then.

Monica will be almost 31. It will be on clay - meaning the matches will be long. And do you know what kind of weather or temperatures should you expect in mid-August in Athens? Check current temperatures over there. It won't be much different. It will be hell. It won't be about tennis. It will be super-fitness-contest. Tennis is not supposed to be played on clay in those conditions. On hardcourts - maybe, but on clay it will be extremely tough. It will be like AO-2002 final conditions. Only worse. And every single match.

Danke Anke
Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:56 AM
clay courts absorb heat better than hardcourts which reflect it... it might be hot and sticky, but the on court temperature wouldnt be higher htan at this years australian open... also, monica lives and trains in florida, she knows how to deal with heat. even at 31 im sure monica could beat someone like yelena dementieva and such on a clay court which gives her more time to set up for the ball... its not likely that many of the big players (lindsay venus serena martina jennifer) would be there because of the US open ... i just think if monica played and she was playing as well as she is now (which i think is quite possible) then she could win gold...

Williams Rulez
Jul 23rd, 2002, 08:35 AM
ys makes a good point... over an hour and a half at those temperatures on clay courts... that's just hell.

I can't understand why they wouldn't put grass, Eleni is good on grass anyhow

ys
Jul 23rd, 2002, 01:56 PM
but the on court temperature wouldnt be higher htan at this years australian open...

Australian Open had one very hot day - WTA finals. Then all days will be like that. But even that is not the biggest difference. The biggest difference is that hardcourts is one-strike tennis - you go for winner, you got it in - you won, you missed - you lost. No one plays like that on claycourts. On claycourts you have to run, and run a lot.

supremeross
Jul 23rd, 2002, 02:39 PM
I don't see Monica playing tennis in two years to be quite honest. I suspect Monica will retire in the next 6-18 months. If not by the end of this year than definitely by the end of next year. I think Monica is a realist, and she knows her competitive edge is slipping or has slipped and she is really no longer in contention for the big titles when the top players are entered. I don't mean to upset Monica fans but you have to be honest with yourself and look at her results againsts players like Venus, Serena, Martina and Lindsay. While she may have some wins over these players, she has never been able to beat them on a consistent basis and none back to back. Plus when was the last time Monica beat any of those mentioned to win a GS, Tier 1 or Tier 2 title? Monica's game isn't what it use to be and she know it and the rest of the tour knows it. It's just a matter of time (18 months tops) before she put down her racquet.

ys
Jul 23rd, 2002, 03:43 PM
Does anyone know why mixed doubles are not in Olympic program?

the cat
Jul 24th, 2002, 02:35 AM
Because Mixed Doubles would be too time consuming. ys, would you really want to award a gold medal to Mixed Doubles winners?

ys
Jul 24th, 2002, 04:25 AM
Why not? Why do they award gold medals to Mixed Doubles figure skaters?