View Full Version : Drop Tennis from Olympics - Yes or No? - What`s your opinon?

Nov 3rd, 2002, 03:44 PM
On the ATP board they have discussed about the statement of Mats Wilander who said he would prefer to drop Tennis from the Olympics. :fiery:

Many of the guys there made suggestions to change the modus Tennis is played at the Olympics.

In my opinion Tennis should stay part of the Olympics. I remember Barcelona 1992 when they broadcasted the Tennis tournaments on two extra channels here in Germany. So I was able to watch the brilliant final of the women`s tournament Jennifer Capriati (3) vs. Steffi Graf (1). My dream came true when Jenny won it 3/6, 6/3, 6/4! :hearts:

At Atlanta 1996 I was proud to see Lindsay Davenport as the Champion. I wanted her to win because Jennifer wasn`t nominated to play in Atlanta.

At Sydney 2000 Venus Williams won the Gold Medal. I didn`t like that. I wanted Lindsay to win there again and I was frustrated that they didn`t nominate Jennifer again although her ranking was good enough. It was hard to choose the right players because Lindsay, Jennifer, Monica and both Williams were very close with their rankings like it is today. But they should have chosen Jennifer instead of Monica or V. Williams.....

In my opinion Tennis should stay part of the Olympics as I said.
It should stay the way it was: Two Singles players, some countries get a Wild Card for a third Singles player. Two players who represent their country in Doubles. But it should be allowed to nominate two other players, not only one and a player who plays Singles has to play Doubles, too, like it was at Sydney.

I think they should have bigger draws. 96 players perhaps as it is played at the Liptons. Then players from smaller countries would have the chance to be part of the Olympics. I didn`t like the fact that some countries had the chance to nominate four players in a draw of 64 players at Sydney. I think it was too much.

In a draw with 96 players it would be possible to nominate 3 singles players for the big tennis nations + one Wild Card. I think it would be great to see players like Sfar, Mouthassine, Selyutina, Cho, Widjaja.....at the Olympics.

So my suggestion: 96 players, 32 seeds with first round byes, big tennis nations with 3 players + Wild Card. The Doubles draw with 32 teams is okay.

What`s your opinion?

Nov 3rd, 2002, 03:48 PM
I think they should have a team event and on Olympic year, Davis Cup and Fed cup will not be played, this can be easily coordinated since Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Olympics are all owned by ITF

Nov 3rd, 2002, 03:50 PM
yes i agree on u,i like tennis at Olympics and i'm sure players like it too.i remember many players who were very proud and happy to win a medal,like Lindsay,Andre,Venus,Kafelnikov,and Jennifer vs Steffi in Barcelona was a great match so i think tennis should stay but change something.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:03 PM
Yes, 96 player whould be great! It should be based on the rankings and not by countries, otherwise Serena would be playing someone ranked 600 in the first round.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:04 PM
btw, goran won two bronze medals!:hearts:

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:14 PM
Croat123, you are right but if there is a draw with 96 players then S. Williams will have a bye at first and she will start playing in the second round.

And if it stays the way it was then e. g. the USA would nominate both Williams, Jenny and WC Lindsay if you are going with the rankings. I know Monica has a better ranking but I think they would nominate Lindsay.

That means that the USA has it`s four players and can`t have one more. Then the next countries would be France, Belgium, Spain.....

So you can`t prevent to have players from small countries in the draw who are possibly ranked 600 in the world. And perhaps that player would have to face S. Williams in the second round.....

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:18 PM
my answer is definitely NO!

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:21 PM
yes, I think it's to tough for players except when they would skip the us open then!

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:44 PM
No no, they'd nominate The Williams' Monica and Lindsay. Monica and BJK are close and you know how BJK feels about Jennifer :rolleyes:

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:49 PM
no i don't want them to take tennis away from yhe olympiSA ROCKS.cs,venus walked away with 2 golds-thats cool,U

Venus Forever
Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:53 PM

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by mmcdonald
No no, they'd nominate The Williams' Monica and Lindsay. Monica and BJK are close and you know how BJK feels about Jennifer :rolleyes:

Who cares what BJK feels or thinks? :rolleyes:

Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:57 PM
no dont drop it...more tennis on tv is better!!!

Nov 3rd, 2002, 05:02 PM
No it should stay but i think it should become a team event with 2 singles and 1 doubles maybe the final can be 4 singles 1 doubles.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 05:14 PM
Because she's the Captain! :p

Nov 3rd, 2002, 06:40 PM
....keep the Olympics and introduce a mixed event again...

Nov 3rd, 2002, 06:43 PM
NO !!!

Nov 3rd, 2002, 06:55 PM
I think tennis should be part of the Olympics, but only if they change the rules so that the best players can play. For the US and Italy to have sent the same number of singles players last time was ridiculous. Also, I'd ease the Fed Cup restrictions.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 07:42 PM
Without a doubt they must keep tennis in the Olympics.

And both of my favourite players won the gold medals.
Andre and Lindsay!! :):)

Nov 3rd, 2002, 07:49 PM
No. Do not drop it.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 07:51 PM
A big NO.

Some players may make longer their career for them so let it in ;)

Tatiana Panova
Nov 3rd, 2002, 08:29 PM
I think the Olympics title will become increasingly important - it is the ultimate honour to represent your country in a Greek legend. The Olympics is about sport in the human civilisation and in a way is even more of an award than the Grand Slams - tennis players will soon realize this and when all start competing it will be up there with the Grand Slams.

so NO!

Nov 3rd, 2002, 09:16 PM
You can't just have the best players.

in other sports its the same rule
e.g. Athletics/swimming etc, you're only allowed 3 from 1 country.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 09:19 PM
Well Egg, either change the rules or a draw of 64 is way too big.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 09:22 PM
changing the rule to a bigger draw (128/256/512???) would mean the tourn lasting a month :rolleyes: and there is no way most of them would stay there that long without no income.
besides the games only last 16 days.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 09:35 PM
Try reading my post again. Or reading it a first time.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 09:38 PM

but that post was also directed to some who were saying that they would like all the best players there too.

Just make it a team comp.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 10:13 PM
Originally posted by GermanBoy

Who cares what BJK feels or thinks? :rolleyes:

Nov 3rd, 2002, 10:39 PM
I'd like it to be like Hopman cup, which is so much fun and different. Most countries would have one team but some countries can have more.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 10:49 PM
Tennis out from the Olympics and also many other sports too.

Gymnastics, swimming, track&field, weightlifting and wrestling and also basketball and volleyball. That's all Olympics needs for next 20 years and after that they could add some other sport.............

Dawn Marie
Nov 3rd, 2002, 10:58 PM
HELL NO! The more tennis is exposed the better for the sport.

Personally, anytime a women has a shot at a GOLD medal or MEDAL in a high profile arena such as the olympics that alone makes my day. Just think of all the GOLD medal winners we'll see in the future.

Tennis is a great sport and needs to be honoured in the highest format, keep it in the OLYMPICS. It deserves to be there!!:)

Besides it is a UNIVERSIAL sport that covers the entiere WORLD over. Isn't this what the games are really about? Countries coming together and competing? Tennis is all about that to me.:)

Nov 3rd, 2002, 11:01 PM
Sports that really don't do anything to take care their doping problem should be kicked out and that includes tennis. Just like cycling and football......... IMHO

Colin B
Nov 3rd, 2002, 11:38 PM
To reiterate what I said on the ATP board:

I agree with Wilander.
Tennis doesn't need the Olympics and the Olympics certainly doesn't need Tennis.

For Athletics, Swimming, Rowing, Shooting, Archery etc. etc, The Olympics are The Holy Grail. Tennis has it's own Holy Grails!

And whilst I know some athletes are highly paid, there is still something of the amateur ethos that Tennis lost years ago.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 11:38 PM
Originally posted by J_Migoe
CappyMania, eat shit and die bitch!

So that will solve the problem? Persreikä!

Nov 4th, 2002, 12:01 AM
we certainly won't solve the problem, cappymania.
forget about that rude post ;)

Nov 4th, 2002, 12:46 AM
so you saying Venus should not have been nominated in 2000? For god sakes she won 2 str8 GS...

Nov 4th, 2002, 03:01 AM
NO WAY! if anything the olympics need more sports!it is after all suppost to be the worlds biggest sporting event.

Nov 4th, 2002, 04:28 AM
Yes. Tennis should not be in the Olympics.

Nov 4th, 2002, 04:55 AM
I quite like the ideas that the ATPers came up with. A mixed event would be great :) More high-profile players playing mixed doubles (which is always fun to watch) for their country, although I suppose seedings would get a little wacky . . .

Sam L
Nov 4th, 2002, 08:02 AM
Originally posted by wongqks
I think they should have a team event and on Olympic year, Davis Cup and Fed cup will not be played, this can be easily coordinated since Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Olympics are all owned by ITF

I agree TEAM TENNIS would be the way to go. Otherwise the public would think it's just some rich professionals who want some light under the Olympic sky.

Nov 4th, 2002, 08:22 AM
This was discussed on the ATP board a few months ago and most of us agreed that it should be made a teams event (preferably mixed)

Williams Rulez
Nov 4th, 2002, 08:33 AM
No, what a ridiculous idea. Being on the Olympics gives tennis so much exposure, why eliminate it? Besides, some players love representing their countries and winning medals for their country, it is a big honour. So it shouldn't be elminated.

Nov 4th, 2002, 08:34 AM
No. Simply because Tennis is a great sport and needs to be represented in important events like the Olympics.

Nov 4th, 2002, 08:39 AM
They should introduce tennis as a Commonwealth Games sport. Another medal for Australia to win :p

Mateo Mathieu
Nov 4th, 2002, 11:46 AM
Hell no!! I love the Olympics!! I had some great memonts at the Sydney Olympics where I saw Venus won a marathon match against Arantxa!!

Nov 9th, 2002, 02:24 AM
I would like to see a few sports dropped form olympics, countries that bid for them need to have satisfactory sporting facilities, putting more sports in it is only decreasing the amount of countries that can bid for it, I mean it's only a few weeks, and they could play tennis when the olympics are happening.