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Olympic tennis: Why not (after 1924), and why (from 1988)?

Can anyone tell me the reasons why tennis was no longer Olympic sport after 1924(?), and the reasons why it was re-installed in 1984/88? Thanks in advance.

And do you think that things have changed again since 1988 in a way that tennis should be kicked out again?
Because, if tennis wasn't olympic right now, I wouldn't really see a reason to make it olympic.
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Here's a thread with Olmpic results-including a description of the 1924 games.


http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.p...=1#post3931469



There were just a ton of problems (see above)-plus the ITF and International Olympic Committee were involved in a huge power stuggle. When the United States demanded the ITF drop the "World" titles the French Open as we know it today was born in 1925. With 3 major summer events interest in a tennis event at the Olympics dropped.

It should remain an Olympic event IMO. A lot of people don't appreciate the importance the Olympics has outside of our narrow tennis world. Zina Garrison of all her tennis carrer means nothing to most kids, but tell them she won a gold medal and it means something.

Without the Olympics you could forget all the money China is throwing into tennis. Mark my words-the Chinese expect medals out of their team in 2008. That could mean a wave of Chinese like the Russian wave we now see.

If having tennis in the Olympics means more countries in the sport I'm for it.
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