104yr wait for SW19

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104yr wait for SW19

Post by Jubbahey on Sat 12 May 2012 - 22:28

The Queens Club last held a British Olympic event in 1908.

As a grass tournament, it will be only the third time Olympic tennis has been played on the green stuff. Tennis was dropped from the Olympics from 1928 through to 1988, except for a demonstration at the 1968 Mexican event and the 1984 Los Angeles event.

Coming just 3 weeks after the Wimbledon slam tournie, I wonder if any of the top 10 will play in the HC events that follow SW19, or will Murray prefer to keep practice levels up at Surbiton Lawn tennis club or even Wimbledon during this short break.

The last time Britain hosted tennis in the Olympics, we bagged all six gold medals. Would be nice to honour that score again.

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Re: 104yr wait for SW19

Post by Jubbahey on Sun 15 Jul 2012 - 13:51

An interesting anecdote about the omission of tennis from the 1922 Olympic menu, was that it was dropped because there were arguments about the amateur status of tennis at the time. winning prize money was regarded as playing in the realm of professionalism, which was/is not in the spirit of the games at the time. So tennis was excluded from the 1922 games onward, but the Olympics also split after the Summer Games of 1920 with the Winter Olympics as a separate entity, although Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the president of the IOC and major force behind the creation of the modern Olympics, opposed the idea. Winter sports, he claimed, were "the snobbish play of the rich."

I wonder if tennis had been consigned to the same feelings and was the real reason it had been banished.

Well, 66 years later it was re established, but still generates ill feelings as many see the players vying for Slams rather than Gold medals as the epitome of their sporting prowess. Which is silly, there are any number of other sports where the same credo could be attributed, cycling for one.

As a footnote and funny aside, one story stands out as an example of the Olympic tradition....

Irishman John Boland ended up with two gold medals in 1896, without even planning it. He was visiting a friend in Athens who entered him into the contest without his knowledge. He won a gold medal in the singles then stepped in to play doubles when one of the players fell sick, and won gold again.


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