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this is a question that's long been on the lips of many, and i was wondering what other people here think, is it worth it or lets just play other tournaments which fit in with the yearly schedule?
 

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I personally think that if you gave the players a choice of winning either the olympic gold medal or a Tier I tournament like say Miami, most of the players would choose the Gold Medal. I would say that the olympics are the 6th biggest tournament in tennis behind the 4 grand slams and the YEC. It's only once every 4 years, and most players enjoy representing their country and socialising with other athletes in the olympic village.
 

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I think the olympics should employ a WTT structure too, it'd make it more fun and more chances for players to do well

Teams comprised of - WS/MS/MX/MD/WD (and the team with the most points 10-gold 6-silver 4-bronze, 3-semis 2-quarters, 1 everything else) wins the team gold medal
 
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They tennis at the Olympics is great!!! LOVES IT!!!
 

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I personally think that if you gave the players a choice of winning either the olympic gold medal or a Tier I tournament like say Miami, most of the players would choose the Gold Medal. I would say that the olympics are the 6th biggest tournament in tennis behind the 4 grand slams and the YEC. It's only once every 4 years, and most players enjoy representing their country and socialising with other athletes in the olympic village.
well said :worship: i mean this would be the one title in a lifetime that a player won if they didn't win a slam, the YEC, the fed cup or even a tier I event like miami. i mean the olympics are only once every 4 years so really the majority of players would only get a chance at gold for 3 or 4 years. so yeah keep tennis at the olympics :bounce:
 

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For sure it's worth it. Players have the choice to represent their country, and a Gold Medal is a great achievemnt in any sport.
 

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Yeah, i think it's worth it. To represent your country for a chance for a olympic gold medal for your country, it's something a lot of people dream about.
 

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I personally think that if you gave the players a choice of winning either the olympic gold medal or a Tier I tournament like say Miami, most of the players would choose the Gold Medal. I would say that the olympics are the 6th biggest tournament in tennis behind the 4 grand slams and the YEC. It's only once every 4 years, and most players enjoy representing their country and socialising with other athletes in the olympic village.
I think most would rather win the Olympics than the YEC, as well. The four majors are, of course, the most important. But I think that, for most players, the Olympics follows very closely. Tennis should remain an Olympic sport.



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wonder which women on the tour would rather olympic gold over a slam title? i wouldn't consider the top players to be a part of that group.
 

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well said :worship: i mean this would be the one title in a lifetime that a player won if they didn't win a slam, the YEC, the fed cup or even a tier I event like miami. i mean the olympics are only once every 4 years so really the majority of players would only get a chance at gold for 3 or 4 years. so yeah keep tennis at the olympics :bounce:
I agree. Every year a player has the chance to win a tournamet or a Slam. But for an Olympic medal it is only every 4 years. I remember seeing Kafelnikov's reaction when he won his Gold medal. And who can forget Justine's comeback and eventual demolition of Myskina? That match is one of my favourites ever! Myskina went into nuclear meldown and JuJu came back from 5/1 down if I recall. Justine's Gold medal after that was SO deserved.

Myskina was SO devastated she bombed out of the next round.

As I said one of the most exciting matches I ever watched!

Steffi won Gold to take the Golden Slam in the 80s. Capriati, Davenport and the Williams all took the Olympics seriously and won Gold. Monica won bronze:worship: The mens are less stellar. Federer flunked it. The only mens players I know who did well are Kafelnikov and Agassi - whatever DID become of Kafelnikov?
 
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wonder which women on the tour would rather olympic gold over a slam title? i wouldn't consider the top players to be a part of that group.
Molik would sell he rmother for owt!
 

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It would be interesting to see whether the players would rather win the YEC or the olympics in their career. I first I said the YEC, but the more I think about it, the more I would lean towards the olympics.
 

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I agree. Every year a player has the chance to win a tournamet or a Slam. But for an Olympic medal it is only every 4 years. I remember seeing Kafelnikov's reaction when he won his Gold medal. And who can forget Justine's comeback and eventual demolition of Myskina? That match is one of my favourites ever! Myskina went into nuclear meldown and JuJu came back from 5/1 down if I recall. Justine's Gold medal after that was SO deserved.

Myskina was SO devastated she bombed out of the next round.

As I said one of the most exciting matches I ever watched!

Steffi won Gold to take the Golden Slam in the 80s. Capriati, Davenport and the Williams all took the Olympics seriously and won Gold. Monica won bronze:worship: The mens are less stellar. Federer flunked it. The only mens players I know who did well are Kafelnikov and Agassi - whatever DID become of Kafelnikov?
yeah, when you win the gold it is always gonna be the most precious thing to have on your mantlepiece & the memories will last a lifetime.
 

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I think the olympics should employ a WTT structure too, it'd make it more fun and more chances for players to do well

Teams comprised of - WS/MS/MX/MD/WD (and the team with the most points 10-gold 6-silver 4-bronze, 3-semis 2-quarters, 1 everything else) wins the team gold medal
I agree with the idea but not the format. The Olympic spirit would be better expressed through a team competition - either mixed or women and men separately. Tennis has its grand slam and the YEC/Masters but a team competition consisting of the five disciplines doesn't exist.
 
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