|2012 Olympic Tennis at Wimbledon|
Here are five essential facts and a few corresponding links to help you make the most out of the time you spend watching Olympic tennis.
(2) Where and when can you watch Olympic tennis? The complete TV coverage schedule for the U.S. is here. In a nutshell, starting Saturday July 28 Bravo will broadcast 56 hours of tennis coverage from the first round through to the semi-final matches on Friday. Finals matches the weekend of August 4-5 move to various other NBC networks.
(3) Which tennis players will be flag bearers for their countries? In 2012, a total of eight tennis players have been chosen to carry their nation's flag during Friday night's opening ceremony (by contrast, in 2008 only Federer - Switzerland and Fernando Gonzalez - Chile were flag bearers). Here are the eight tennis players who will proudly carry flags in London.
- Marcos Baghdatis - Cyprus (CYP)
- Novak Djokovic - Serbia (SRB)
- Max Mirnyi - Belarus (BLR)
- Agnieszka Radwanska - Poland (POL)
- Maria Sharapova - Russia (RUS)
- Horia Tecau - Romania (ROM)
- Stephanie Vogt - Liechtenstein (LIE)
- Stanislas Wawrinka - Switzerland (SUI)
(4) Who were the 2008 medal winners in tennis?
- Rafael Nadal won the men's singles gold medal and Elena Dementieva won the women's singles gold.
- Federer/Wawrinka won men's doubles and the Williams sisters won women's doubles.
(5) Of the six players who earned Gold/Silver/Bronze medals in singles in 2008, how many are playing in 2012? Novak Djokovic (2008-Silver) and Vera Zvonareva (2008-Bronze) are the only 2008 singles medalists returning to the Olympics this year. The other four players are either injured (Rafael Nadal), retired (Elena Dementieva, Fernando Gonzalez), or didn't qualify (Dinara Safina).
You can find lots more info including live/daily scores, photos, and a link to the ITF Olympic Tennis Mobile App here.
Enjoy the 2012 Olympic Games!