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spiceboy
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:17 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20121207/rio-olympics-double-bronze.ap/

Tennis considers double bronze medals for 2016 Olympics


ROME (AP) -- Tennis officials are considering adding third-set tiebreakers at the 2016 Rio Olympics after marathon matches in London this year.
Also, bronze-medal matches could be eliminated to lighten the loads of players entered in multiple events.

ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti tells The Associated Press at the European Olympic Committees meeting in Rome that the matches this year were "very balanced and very long and that ruins the scheduling somewhat."

Roger Federer beat Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 in the London semifinals and was soundly beaten by Andy Murray in straight sets in the gold-medal match.

If bronze-medal matches are eliminated, it would mark a return to handing out two bronzes for each of the semifinal losers, as happened at the 1988 Seoul Games.

spiceboy
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Actually, Barcelona 1992 did give two bronze medals for the semifinalists.

If this rule had been kept until today these women would have gotten medals too.

1996
Singles: Mary Joe Fernandez
Soubles: Manon Bollegraf/Brenda Schultz-McCarthy

2000
Singles: Jelena Dokic
Doubles: Natasha Zvereva/Olga Barabanschikova

2004
Singles: Anastasia Myskina
Doubles: Ai Sugiyama/Shinobu Asagoe

2008
Singles: Na Li
Doubles: Alyona & Katerina Bondarenko

2012
Singles: Maria Kirilenko
Doubles: Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond
Mixed: Sabine Lisicki

hellas719
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:40 PM
Heard about this a few days ago. I disagree. This is tennis. This is not judo or wrestling where they give 2 bronzes. Do they give 2 bronzes in badminton or table tennis or beach volleyball? No!

And that extra match is total BS. They play an extra match for gold, so I fail to see why they can't play an extra match for bronze...

hellas719
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:41 PM
And there were a few rainy days in London so the scheduling was a bit backed up. I doubt it will rain much in Rio...

faboozadoo15
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:48 PM
I think 3rd set TB is probably a good idea considering they already expect 6 matches in 7 days.
I don't really much of a reason to remove the bronze medal match. It's at the end of the tournament anyway and doesn't need to be on the biggest court. It adds one last bit of excitement.

dsanders06
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Capping the 3rd sets would be a terrible move. That's one of the things that indisputably sets the Olympics apart from the other non-Slams.

dsanders06
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Capping the 3rd sets would be a terrible move. That's one of the things that indisputably sets the Olympics apart from the other non-Slams.

Mattographer
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:52 PM
Poor Nastya :oh:


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Barktra
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:19 AM
Dumb idea for both :o

Jose.
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:25 AM
I think doing double bronze medals would be nice, but only if it worked like in judo, where from certain stage they lose and go to repechage and get another chance at getting a medal. That would be more fair for the players who had bad draws... But if the objective is to play less time, than this will not be done. :(

bobito
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:28 AM
If players are playing every day then 3rd set tie-breaks are a sensible option.

Wiggly
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:31 AM
I think doing double bronze medals would be nice, but only if it worked like in judo, where from certain stage they lose and go to repechage and get another chance at getting a medal. That would be more fair for the players who had bad draws... But if the objective is to play less time, than this will not be done. :(

The idea is that both losing semifinalists get a bronze medal which is lame.

iWill
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:33 AM
They should leave it as it is. You win medals they shouldn't be given away I don't give two shits about the scheduling they play less rounds than the slams so there really is no reason to make a change IMO. If they added a 3rd set tiebreak that would be okay but I don't think it would be necessary either.

Jose.
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:36 AM
The idea is that both losing semifinalists get a bronze medal which is lame.

I know, I agree that way is stupid. :o

netphobia
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:36 AM
I don't like either idea. Double bronze medals would make it so nobody cares what happens after SFs, it'd just be "oh, I guess I'll get my medal and go home". There's no suspense or interest in that.

doni1212
Dec 14th, 2012, 03:41 AM
No way. I hate the idea of double bronze! :o

Pops Maellard
Dec 14th, 2012, 03:49 AM
Bad idea.

NashaMasha
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:16 AM
stupid idea with cancelling bronze medal match... i don't think that either Azarenka or Kirilenko would have wanted to get bronze without a fight.

As for tiebreak , after Fed-Delpo i will agree with it. Schedule is too tight to pla long matches

chingching
Dec 14th, 2012, 05:08 AM
I think doing double bronze medals would be nice, but only if it worked like in judo, where from certain stage they lose and go to repechage and get another chance at getting a medal. That would be more fair for the players who had bad draws... But if the objective is to play less time, than this will not be done. :(

What's the other way to get a bronze besides both Semi-Finalist Losers???
I think it's stupid :lol:
What a way to ruin the integrity of the Olympics :facepalm:
If it is such a problem, make it longer :shrug:
I do think they should have a WTT Style Olympics Teams event though :D
Although that would still ruin the integrity :lol:

Patrick345
Dec 14th, 2012, 06:56 AM
All they need to do every four years is have Cinci and Montreal take turns to be played in the post US Open gap. Thatīs once every eight years. The post US Open tournament would hardly suffer as Azarenka, Serena, Sharapova didnīt play Montreal anyway, Kerber/Stosur lost early. The 2nd major tournament before the US Open would benefit as most stars would opt to use it as their main preparation. If they did that they could extend the Olympics to a proper 12 day event and have the stars in better form.

kitasss_vlc
Dec 14th, 2012, 09:06 AM
will mixed doubles be played?

Jose.
Dec 14th, 2012, 12:31 PM
What's the other way to get a bronze besides both Semi-Finalist Losers???
I think it's stupid :lol:
What a way to ruin the integrity of the Olympics :facepalm:
If it is such a problem, make it longer :shrug:
I do think they should have a WTT Style Olympics Teams event though :D
Although that would still ruin the integrity :lol:

The way they do it in Judo, and I tried to explain on my post above...

coolfish1103
Dec 14th, 2012, 12:46 PM
Just move tournaments around to place 3 INTL in some weeks and set 2 weeks out for Olympics. Bronze medal then can be played. Tie break, however, can be considered.

KournikovaFan91
Dec 14th, 2012, 12:48 PM
Don't care about double bronze because really its just a consolation play-off as it is, also as a boxing fan I'm used to this occurrence. 3 set TB sucks.

babsi
Dec 14th, 2012, 12:58 PM
To keep US/Canada hardcourt events happy.

Ksenia.
Dec 14th, 2012, 01:51 PM
Noooo, such a bad idea.
Even this year alone, I really liked seeing how much winning bronze meant to a player (aka Vika). It just wouldn't be the same if both semifinalists automatically got medals.

chuvack
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:11 PM
All they need to do every four years is have Cinci and Montreal take turns to be played in the post US Open gap. Thatґs once every eight years. The post US Open tournament would hardly suffer as Azarenka, Serena, Sharapova didnґt play Montreal anyway, Kerber/Stosur lost early. The 2nd major tournament before the US Open would benefit as most stars would opt to use it as their main preparation. If they did that they could extend the Olympics to a proper 12 day event and have the stars in better form.


You forget that the summer Olympics are not always held in the same month. Although the recent 3 OG were in August, Atlanta and Barcelona were in July; Seoul and Sydney were in September. I don't know when will be Rio, but there is no one-size-fits-all scheduling solution.

Sammo
Dec 14th, 2012, 02:12 PM
I like double bronze

jonny84
Dec 14th, 2012, 07:08 PM
Nooo! I like the bronze match - makes the semi finals all to play for, and then a really competetive bronze medal match too.