Tennis at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Great history, interesting event in Brazil

Andy Murray

As early as today (05.08.2016) Olympic Games in Brazilian Rio de Janeiro begin. This unusual sport and cultural event, re-created after fifteenth centuries’ break by French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin in 1896 in Athens, for the first time in its history will take place in South America. Olympic Games will be held in huge, extremely interesting, but also having its serious socio-economical problems, Brazil. “The New World” will welcome thousands of sportsmen from all over the world, who will be fighting for the medals in many sport disciplines. One of the Olympic sports from the very beggining is tennis. Also in Rio de Janeiro, the best tennis players will appear. Whether Novak Djokovic will be able to win his dream gold medal? We will find it out soon.

 Tennis – Olympic tournament (women’s and men’s)

 06.08.-14.08.2016

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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Although the Olympic Games are now far away from their original, promoted by Pierre  de Coubertin, idea of selfless competition, where participation and mutual respect counted the most, this extraordinary event is still extremely popular among sportsmen, media and fans from all over the world. Despite their visible commercialization (widely developed during the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992) and many other problems associated with its organization (corruption, doping, violation of human rights, destruction of natural environment etc.), for many their aficionados, the main Olympic idea has never been fully “erased” by the problems of modern sport and Olympism.

When it comes to Olympic tennis, men’s tournament has been played since 1896, when first modern Olympic Games took place in Greek Athens. This event was supposed to be organized by Hungary as a part of celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian state. However, the idea of “back to basics” – to the place when it all began – to Athens, to Greek soil, where ancient athletes were competing since at least 776 BC, finally won.

Women started to fight for the Olympic medals in tennis four years later – during the second Olympic Games in Paris in 1900. From this moment on, every four years (except the period between 1928 and 1984), the best tennis players have been competing not only in many commercial tournaments played from January to October every year, but also in the Olympic Games – where the idea is different. Not money, but Olympic medal and a title of “Olympionicos” – Olympic champion are the most important things (or at least they should be).

Olympic tournament in tennis will be played in Rio de Janeiro at the venue called Olympic Tennis Centre. It is a complex of 16 hard courts. Some of them (including the central court) will remain after the event, being one of the most important legacies of the Olympic Games in Brazil.

In Rio de Janeiro we will see men?s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In singles, there will be 64 men and 64 women playing, while in each double there will be 32 pairs. In a very interesting single competition we will have 16 players  seed in this tournament.

In the men’s competition, number one seed is a world ranking leader – Serbian Novak Djokovic. This outstanding tennis player does not have Olympic gold medal yet, and getting it seems to be one of the most important goals for him this year. Second seed is the defending champion – Scottish Andy Murray. We will not see in this tournament two terrific Suisse players Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka. That is why, number three seed is, returning to the competitions after an injury, Spanish player Rafael Nadal, while number four is Japanese Kei Nishikori. The 16 seed players are presented below.

  1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  2. Andy Murray (Wielka Britain)
  3. Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  4. Kei Nishikori (Japan)
  5. Jo Wilfried Tsonga (France)
  6. Gael Monfils (France)
  7. David Ferrer (Spain)
  8. David Goffin (Belgium)
  9. Marin Cilic (Croatia)
  10. Roberto Bautista-Agut (Spain)
  11. Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay)
  12. Steve Johnson (USA)
  13. Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)
  14. Jack Sock (USA)
  15. Gilles Simon (France)
  16. Benoit Paire (France)

In the women’s tournament, number one seed is American Serena Williams. A titled player is a defending champion in Rio de Janeiro as she won the Olympic gold medal in London. Number two is German Angelique Kerber. As Romanian Simona Halep is not going to play in this tournament,  number three belongs to Spanish Garbine Muguruza. Polish best tennis player Agnieszka Radwańska is seeded with number four. Her first opponent will be Chinese player Zheng Saisai. The list of 16 seed women players is presented below.

  1. Serena Williams (USA)
  2. Angelique Kerber (Germany)
  3. Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
  4. Agnieszka Radwańska (Poland)
  5. Venus Williams (USA)
  6. Roberta Vinci (Italy)
  7. Madison Keys (USA)
  8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
  9. Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain)
  10. Johanna Konta (Great Britain)
  11. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
  12. Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland)
  13. Samantha Stosur (Australia)
  14. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)
  15. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
  16. Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)

According to the bookmakers, Novak Djokovic is a favorite of the men’s event.  Bet365 offers on his final victory the odds 1.72, while on the final win of Andy Murray 3.50, on Rafael Nadal?s 13,00 and on Kei Nishikori’s 15.00.

In the women’s competition, Serena Williams has the biggest chance to win (odds 2.25). Second place belongs to Garbine Muguruza (7.50), third to Angelique Kerber (8.50) and fourth both to Madison Keys and Agnieszka Radwańska (15.00). The biggest, but also the less probable, win can be achieved by placing a bet on Magda Linnete’s final victory (odds 1001.00).

Our types: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the favorites of men?s and women?s tournaments. But you can take a risk by placing your bet on Andy Murray’s final win in the men’s competition (odds 3.50). This Scottish player can win with every rival, including even well playing Novak Djokovic.

B. P.

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