Tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London 2012 five competitions were from July 28 to August 5 held in tennis, single women and men as well as double for women, men and mixed. The games were held on the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon. The Centre Court asked 15,000 spectators and is equipped since 2009 with one out mobile roof.
There was thus a competition held more than in Beijing 2008. On 10 December 2009 the IOC for the first time since Paris 1924 Mixed Doubles decided at its meeting in Lausanne, again to organize. For the first time since 1920, the Antwerp Olympic tennis tournament was again held on grass.
A total of eight male and female players led the delegation of their country at the opening ceremony as the flag bearer to: Agnieszka Radwańska (Poland ), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Stephanie Vogt ( Liechtenstein ), Horia Tecau (Romania ), Max Mirnyi ( Belarus ), Marcos Baghdatis ( Cyprus), Stanislas Wawrinka ( Switzerland ) and Novak Djokovic (Serbia).
In men's singles, the British local hero Andy Murray won ahead of Roger Federer of Switzerland and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. The men's doubles won Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States before the French Michaël Llodra pairs and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau. In women's singles, the U.S. American Serena Williams was victorious, Silver went to the Russian Maria Sharapova, the bronze at the Belarusian Azarenka Wiktoryja. In the doubles competition of the ladies, it was again Serena Williams, who could defend together with her sister Venus as only its title. She defeated Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká from the Czech Republic, Third were the Russians Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. In the Mixed Competition Gold went to Wiktoryja Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus, the Brits Laura Robson and Andy Murray defeated in the final. Bronze won the U.S. duo Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan.
- 3.1 Individual
- 3.2 double
- 7.1 Qualification Criteria
- 7.2 Qualified athletes
Competitions and schedule
The Olympic tournament was played as the tournaments of the ATP Tour and the WTA Tour from the first round of the knockout process. The pairings for the first round were drawn. A seedings prevented the top ranked player in the world rankings can meet early. The winners of the semi-finals played for the gold medal, the losers for the bronze medal. The games were played best of three sets, only the final in the men 's singles three winning sets. Just like the last Olympics tennis tournament was again part of the ATP-/WTA-Tour, so that world ranking points were awarded. The Tennis World Federation ( ITF) so tried to move the top players to participate.
The following ranking points were the male and female players reach.
It was attended by 190 athletes participated in the competitions. Maximum of six each women and men were allowed to participate per NOK. Up to four quota places the ITF was awarded by invitation. In individual started 64 athletes in the women 's and men's doubles 32 pairs and 16 pairs in Mixed Doubles. In single maximum of four athletes per country and gender were allowed to be used in the doubles maximum of two pairs per country and gender.
The qualification criteria were for women and men. 56 of the 64 individual starters and 24 of the 32 twin pairs qualified directly on the world rankings to date 11. June 2012. Already are involved more than four athletes and more than two double a country on said places in the world rankings, so moved accordingly athletes on the following places according to. The other starting places were awarded by the world rankings, but taking into account the continental minimum quotas and not to NOCs, who had already qualified athletes. The starting positions for the mixed doubles awarded the ITF on completion of the qualification. Only athletes who were also in another competition qualified were allowed to start in the mixed doubles. It could qualify only athletes who had between 2009 and 2012 at least two inserts in a Davis Cup and Fed Cup match, which had to be carried out one of the inserts in the years 2011 or 2012.
The ITF awarded in April 2012, two quota places for the women's field by invitation to Stephanie Vogt of Liechtenstein, who in 2008 received a wild card, but due to an injury had to cancel, and Verónica Cepede Royg from Paraguay. In contrast to the previous tournaments at the Olympics in 2012, there are no tripartite places in the men's, these places were instead generally converted into ITF wildcards.
On June 26, the list of qualified players the ITF announced. Overall, athletes from 45 different NOCs qualified for the Olympic tournament. The ITF awarded it their wildcards for the various fields. The eight wild cards in the men received Lleyton Hewitt, Malek Jaziri, Serhiy Stachowskyj, Adrian Ungur, Vasek Pospisil, Thomaz Bellucci, Somdev Devvarman and Blaž Kavčič. In the women's six wildcards have been awarded this Alizé Cornet received, Anna Tatischwili, Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha, Mariana Duque Mariño and Ons Jabeur. In men's doubles, eight wildcards to the nations Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Japan, Romania, Russia and Slovakia. In the women's doubles also received a wildcard eight nations: Canada, Taiwan, France, Georgia, India, Ukraine and the UK twice. For the Mixed no wild cards were awarded, as this field is composed only of the participants of the other fields.
On July 18, 2012 Andrea Petković was due to injury ( double ligament in April 2012) the cancellation of its participation in the Summer Olympics known. Your place in the individual field took a Mona Barthel, in a double stepped Anna -Lena Grönefeld in for Petković. Besides Petković also the eligible Alyona Bondarenko, Kaia Kanepi, Petra Martić, Ivo Karlović, Gaël Monfils, Mardy Fish, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer waived partially also due to an injury to one entry. On July 19 it was announced that defending champion Rafael Nadal waives the Olympic tournament. The reason for this was the Spaniard to knee problems he has suffered in his second-round defeat at Wimbledon. For Nadal Feliciano López started in singles and Marc Lopez in the doubles.