Sunday, 17 August 2008
Olympics wrap up
Been a great week of tennis in Beijing. Olympic tennis has shown to a few tennis snobs (including me) that it deserves to be taken seriously.
There's been the traditional smattering of upsets - hands up, who this time last year thought Roger would not even make it to the podium? - and some compelling games, especially the two semi's.
I'm pleased for Rafa who has yet again proved he can't be pigeon holed as a dirt baller, pleased for Roger (and Stan), and pleased for team Williams.
What I take away from the week though is that when the best singles players in the world put their mind to doubles they can beat the specialists. The Swiss double act of Roger and Stan demonstrated this on Friday beating two of the best doubles partnerships on the same day. Venus and Serena underlines the point.
And this is why doubles fails to capture the imagination for many. As long as the best players avoid doubles in the Slams, doubles will remain a poor relation.
Anyway enough of that, time to start thinking about Olympic tennis at Wimbledon in 2012....