Tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Date:   28 July – 5 August
Edition:   16th
Location:   All England Club, Wimbledon
Surface:   Grass
Men's singles
 Andy Murray (GBR)
Women's singles
 Serena Williams (USA)
Men's doubles
 Mike Bryan & Bob Bryan (USA)
Women's doubles
 Serena Williams & Venus Williams (USA)
Mixed doubles
 Max Mirnyi & Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
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The tennis tournaments at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London were staged at the All England Club in Wimbledon, from 28 July to 5 August. This was the first Olympic grass court tournament since tennis was reintroduced as an Olympic sport and the first to be held at a Grand Slam venue in the Open era.[1] (Two other 2012 Summer Olympic bid finalists had also offered Grand Slam venues - second-place finisher Paris offered the French Open venue, the Stade Roland Garros, while fourth-place finisher New York offered the US Open venue, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens.)

A total of 190 players competed in five events: singles and doubles for both men and women and, for the first time since 1924, mixed doubles were officially included. The Olympic tennis events were run and organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and were part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tours. As a side effect, the regular rule imposed by the All England Club during The Championships calling for all-white player clothing was waived to allow players to wear Olympic national team clothing, and London 2012 bunting also mixed with the traditional Wimbledon green.

Neither of the defending singles champions competed, since Elena Dementieva had retired from professional tennis in 2010[2] and Rafael Nadal withdrew due to tendinitis.[3]


In the women's singles tournament, Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova while losing only one game in the final for the gold medal and her sixth major event win at Wimbledon, having won the ladies' singles tournament at The Championships less than three weeks earlier as well as in 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010. She also defended her women's doubles title alongside her sister Venus Williams, who had won singles gold in Sydney in 2000. With her singles gold, she became the second female player to win a career singles Golden Grand Slam or simply "Golden Slam" - Olympic gold in addition to the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, with the first being Steffi Graf in 1988 after she won all five events that year (a feat not yet matched by another player, male or female.) Serena also became the first player in history, male or female, to win the career Golden Grand Slam in both singles and doubles (the Williams sisters had already completed their career doubles Golden Grand Slam at the 2001 Australian Open, joining Pam Shriver in Seoul in 1988 and Gigi Fernandez at the 1993 Australian Open.)[4] Furthermore, the Williams sisters also became the first four-time gold medalists in Olympic tennis history.

In the men's singles tournament final, Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in straight sets front of a home crowd to avenge his four-set loss against Federer exactly four weeks earlier on the very same Centre Court in the Wimbledon final. In doing so, he denied Federer the chance to become the third man to win a career singles Golden Grand Slam after Nadal in Beijing in 2008 and Andre Agassi at the 1999 French Open. More importantly, he became the first British man to win singles tennis gold since Josiah Ritchie in 1908 (also at Wimbledon) and the first to win a major event at Wimbledon since Fred Perry won The Championships in 1936. The following year, Murray went on to break the British gentlemen's singles drought at The Championships after a defeat of Novak Djokovic, who he had beaten in the Olympic semifinals (having first beaten Djokovic to win the US Open the previous fall, also the first Grand Slam singles title for a British man since 1936.)

Meanwhile, the Bryan brothers (Mike and Bob) took the men's doubles gold for the United States and themselves completed a career Golden Grand Slam, joining the Australian "Woodies" (Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who completed their set at the 2000 French Open) and Canada's Daniel Nestor at Wimbledon in 2009. Also, the Belorussian top seeds of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi took the mixed doubles gold after overcoming Murray and Laura Robson mere hours after Murray had defeated Federer.


John Isner and Roger Federer warming up prior to their men's singles quarterfinal match on Centre Court

The 2012 Olympic tournament was the fourteenth edition of tennis at the Olympics (excluding the two Olympics, 1968 and 1984, when tennis was a demonstration event), and the seventh since 1988, when tennis was officially brought back into the Olympic Games. Mixed doubles was an official Olympic event for the first time since 1924, when Hazel Wightman and Richard Williams of the United States won the gold medal, and was played for the first time since it was played as a demonstration event in 1968.[5][6]

The 2012 edition was played on grass courts at the All England Club, three weeks after the end of the Wimbledon tournament. Sessions ran from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. as established by the All England Club policy. However, the All England Club along with other organizers not only allowed but encouraged the players to wear their national colours as opposed to predominantly white clothes in accordance with typical Wimbledon tradition, and the normally all-green grounds were also decked out in purple and multi-coloured London 2012 Olympic branding.

Twelve courts were used for the matches including Centre Court, No.1 and No.2. No.3 Court was used for warm ups.[7] The Olympic tennis events were organised jointly by the ITF, the IOC and the All England Club. Both the men's and women's singles and doubles events count as a part of the 2012 ATP World Tour and the 2012 WTA Tour.[8]

Points distribution[edit]

The points distribution for the Association of Tennis Professionals and the Women's Tennis Association tours, concerning only singles competition on the 2012 Olympic Games, is listed below.[9][10] These points can be added to a player's world ranking for the 2012 season.

Stage Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Fourth Place Quarterfinals Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64
Men's singles 750 450 340 270 135 70 35 5
Women's singles 685 470 340 260 175 95 55 1


For the singles competitions, the top 56 players in the world rankings on 11 June 2012 of the WTA and ATP tours qualified for the Olympics. However, entry was limited to four players from a country. This means that players who were ranked in the top 56 but are from countries with four higher-ranked players already participating did not qualify, and players who were ranked outside of the top 56 but are from countries with fewer than four players already participating qualified. A player could only participate if he or she had made him- or herself available to be drafted to represent the player's country in Davis Cup or Fed Cup for two of the following years: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, with one of the years being either 2011 or 2012.[11] Of the other eight wildcard slots, six of the slots were determined by the ITF's Olympic Committee, taking into account ranking and spread of nations represented, while the final two slots were awarded by the IOC to players from small nations.

In the doubles competitions, twenty four teams automatically qualified as per the rankings on 11 June 2012, subject to a maximum of two teams per nation. Players in the top ten of the doubles rankings could reserve a place, provided they had a partner to compete with. The remaining eight teams were decided by the ITF's Olympic Committee. Entries for the mixed doubles were confirmed at the Games.[12][13] The Tripartite Commission later decided only to give places in the women's singles leaving eight wildcards to be chosen by the ITF Olympic Committee for the men's singles competition.[14]

Competition of Olympics[edit]


The tennis competition at the Olympic Games consists of a single elimination tournament. The size of the singles draw, 64, means that there are six rounds of competition in total,[15] with five in the doubles owing to its smaller draw size of 32, and 4 for mixed with its draw size only being 16.[16] Players reaching the semifinal are assured of an opportunity to compete for a medal, as the two losing parties in each semifinals contest a bronze medal match.

In a further change from normal Wimbledon practice, the matches followed the Olympic format - all matches were three-set matches except for the men's singles final, which would be a five-set match. The tie break operated in every set except the fifth set in the men's singles final and the third set in the other matches (except mixed doubles), when an advantage set was played. In the mixed doubles the third set was played as a match tie-break (10 points).


Date 28 July 29 July 30 July 31 July 1 August 2 August 3 August 4 August 5 August
Start Time 11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30 12:00 12:00 12:00
Men's singles Round of 64 Round of 64
Round of 32
Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze
Women's singles Round of 64 Round of 64
Round of 32
Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze
Men's doubles Round of 32 Round of 32
Round of 16
Round of 16 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze
Women's doubles Round of 32 Round of 32
Round of 16
Round of 16 Round of 16
Quarterfinals Semifinals Semifinals Bronze
Mixed doubles Round of 16 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Quarterfinals

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 3 0 1 4
2  Great Britain (GBR) 1 1 0 2
3  Belarus (BLR) 1 0 1 2
4  France (FRA) 0 1 1 2
 Russia (RUS) 0 1 1 2
6  Czech Republic (CZE) 0 1 0 1
 Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 0 1
8  Argentina (ARG) 0 0 1 1
Grand Total 5 5 5 15

Medal events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles  Andy Murray (GBR)  Roger Federer (SUI)  Juan Martín del Potro (ARG)
Men's doubles  Bob Bryan
and Mike Bryan (USA)
 Michaël Llodra
and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
 Julien Benneteau
and Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Women's singles  Serena Williams (USA)  Maria Sharapova (RUS)  Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Women's doubles  Serena Williams
and Venus Williams (USA)
 Andrea Hlaváčková
and Lucie Hradecká (CZE)
 Maria Kirilenko
and Nadia Petrova (RUS)
Mixed doubles  Victoria Azarenka
and Max Mirnyi (BLR)
 Laura Robson
and Andy Murray (GBR)
 Lisa Raymond
and Mike Bryan (USA)

Wild card entries[edit]

Mixed doubles wild card entries[edit]

The following players received an ITF Invitation:[17]

Singles seeds[edit]

Seedings were based on the rankings as of 23 July 2012.

Men's singles[edit]

Seed Rank Player Status
1 1  Roger Federer (SUI) Silver medal icon (S initial).svg Finals lost to  Andy Murray (GBR) [3]
2 2  Novak Djokovic (SRB) Semifinals lost to  Andy Murray (GBR) [3]
Bronze medal lost to  Juan Martín del Potro (ARG) [8]
3 4  Andy Murray (GBR) Gold medal icon (G initial).svg Finals defeated  Roger Federer (SUI) [1]
4 5  David Ferrer (ESP) Third Round lost to  Kei Nishikori (JPN) [15]
5 6  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) Quarterfinals lost to  Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
6 7  Tomáš Berdych (CZE) First Round lost to  Steve Darcis (BEL)
7 8  Janko Tipsarević (SRB) Third Round lost to  John Isner (USA) [10]
8 9  Juan Martín del Potro (ARG) Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg Semifinals lost to  Roger Federer (SUI) [1]
Bronze medal defeated  Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
9 10  Juan Mónaco (ARG) Second Round lost to  Feliciano López (ESP)
10 11  John Isner (USA) Quarterfinals lost to  Roger Federer (SUI) [1]
11 12  Nicolás Almagro (ESP) Quarterfinals lost to  Andy Murray (GBR)
12 14  Gilles Simon (FRA) Third Round lost to  Juan Martín del Potro (ARG)
13 15  Marin Čilić (CRO) Second Round lost to  Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
14 16  Fernando Verdasco (ESP) First Round lost to  Denis Istomin (UZB)
15 18  Kei Nishikori (JPN) Quarterfinals lost to  Juan Martín del Potro (ARG) [8]
16 21  Richard Gasquet (FRA) Second Round lost to  Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)

Withdrawn players[edit]

Rank Player Points
Points defending
Points Won New points Withdrew due to
Spain Rafael Nadal
Knee tendinitis[19]

Women's singles[edit]

Seed Rank Player Status
1 1  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg Semifinals lost to  Serena Williams (USA) [4]
Bronze medal defeated  Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [14]
2 2  Agnieszka Radwańska (POL) First Round lost to  Julia Görges (GER)
3 3  Maria Sharapova (RUS) Silver medal icon (S initial).svg Finals lost to  Serena Williams (USA) [4]
4 4  Serena Williams (USA) Gold medal icon (G initial).svg Finals defeated  Maria Sharapova (RUS) [3]
5 5  Samantha Stosur (AUS) First Round lost to  Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)
6 6  Petra Kvitová (CZE) Quarterfinals lost to  Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [14]
7 7  Angelique Kerber (GER) Quarterfinals lost to  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1]
8 8  Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Quarterfinals lost to  Serena Williams (USA) [4]
9 9  Sara Errani (ITA) First Round lost to  Venus Williams (USA)
10 11  Li Na (CHN) First Round lost to  Daniela Hantuchová (SVK)
11 12  Ana Ivanovic (SRB) Third Round lost to  Kim Clijsters (BEL)
12 13  Dominika Cibulková (SVK) First Round lost to  Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
13 14  Vera Zvonareva (RUS) Third Round lost to  Serena Williams (USA) [4]
14 15  Maria Kirilenko (RUS) Semifinal lost to  Maria Sharapova (RUS) [3]
Bronze medal lost to  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1]
15 17  Sabine Lisicki (GER) Third Round lost to  Maria Sharapova (RUS) [3]
16 19  Nadia Petrova (RUS) Third Round lost to  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1]


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