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2016 Olympic tennis fast facts

Venue: Olympic Tennis Center, Rio

: August 6 – August 14, 2016

Tennis is popular throughout the world and the Olympic gathering of top players - to compete in men's and woman's singles and doubles - is always one of the biggest draws at the Summer Games.

Although at one time only amateur tennis players were qualified to compete, today the Olympics competition features top-of-the-line tennis superstars.

The top 56 players in the world automatically qualify to compete at the games, with each country allowed four entrants.

Some of the world’s most famous tennis players who have gone on to become Olympic champions include Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Rafael Nadal, and Elena Dementieva.

This summer, watch as Andy Murray, and Venus and Serena Williams vie for Olympic gold at the Rio games in 2016.

Olympic tennis fun facts

The Williams sisters: Making Olympic
history at the 2012 London Games.

• American Jennifer Capriati is the youngest Olympic champion in history: she was all of 16-years-old when she won the women’s competition in Barcelona in 1992.

• Chile won its first Olympic gold medals ever at the Athens 2004, when Nicolás Massú won the men's singles and doubles with compatriot Fernando González.

• Sisters Venus and Serena Williams made history at the London Games in 2012 when they won the Olympic doubles competition, giving each their fourth Olympic gold -- the most of any tennis player ever.

• Another epic encounter at the the London 2012 Games was between French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Canadian Milos Raonic who played a 66 game match, the longest in Olympic history.


also see in Sports -> Australian Open | Monte Carlo Masters

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More information about Olympic tennis around the Web

International Olympic Committee - Tennis - The IOC has plenty of technical details to explain the game and news to keep you up to date on who's who and who's winning. They provide a lot of good information on the sport's history in the Olympics, plus photo gallery and related Flash presentation.

International Tennis Federation - At the International governing body for the sport, you'll find the best coverage of the rules and what it takes to make it to Olympic level play.. Lots of good links to national sites will help you get a better look at your team.

British Olympic Association - Tennis - The headquarters of the sport of tennis in England has put together an exceptional site. Olympics coverage is just a small portion of what they have to offer. The focus is on the UK, but this one rates a visit from tennis fans no matter who they're rooting for.

BBC Olympics - Tennis - Olympic coverage with everything from beginner's guides through their excellent news coverage of all the teams.

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