Team GB - Tennis
(Original post by notnek)
Does anyone know which Mixed Doubles teams will be representing GB, if any?
Men’s singles: A Murray
Women’s singles: A Keothavong, E Baltacha.
Men’s doubles: A Murray/J Murray, R Hutchins/C Fleming.
Women’s doubles: H Watson/L Robson.
Mixed: TBA on July 31.
I'd assume it's only 1 team in the mixed for GB as the draw is fairly small. I think Heather Watson may pair with Ross Hutchins and I highly doubt Andy Murray will participate as he is playing in the singles and men's doubles, so like Serena Williams, he may have doubts about playing all 3 events due to the risk of over-doing himself and jeopardising his chances in the other 2 events.
I really can't see any other combination, unless they do some kind of play off between teams. I know Robson played with Inglot at Wimbledon and also Skupski/Marray are good British doubles players but I think the team is between those stated above.
Jamie Murray has a mixed doubles GS title, Wimbledon in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic, so he could be an option and Fleming won the mixed doubles Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi so this style of event isn't new to him either, it's just a bigger scale.
Last edited by HurricaneDominic; 17-07-2012 at 18:22.
Slams are a different story. When people look back on a players career you hear the commentator saying how many Grand Slams they won not how many Indian Wells titles. You also hear of the 'Golden Slam', winning all 4 majors and Olympic Gold in 1 year. I do agree that they are BIG tournaments on the calendar but they are not a players priority, especially top players who focus almost always on Grand Slams. This year you have heard many players saying they will treat the Olympics like a 5th Grand Slam. Quite a few players will also retire after the US Open as they wanted to play the Olympics and as the US Open is so close and it's a Grand Slam they will retire after that (i.e. Clijsters).
(Original post by Chief Wiggum)
I don't think something happening less often automatically makes it more important though. I mean, using that reasoning, the Olympic Gold would rank over a slam, and that clearly isn't the case.
Last edited by HurricaneDominic; 17-07-2012 at 19:02.
I only place the likes of Indian Wells and Miami above it because they have more history and when they first started they were meant to rival the slams, so they had best-of-5 from the quarter-finals stage.
(Original post by HurricaneDominic)
I definitely wouldn't, and I'm sure the players wouldn't. Those Masters events happen every year giving them 4 shots at the title compared to only 1 shot at the Olympics every 4 years.
I probably would have agreed a little more a few Olympic Games ago but not now, the players take the games very serious nowadays.
While many of the top players take it seriously, it is difficult to rank a tournament so highly when, as it stands, the likes of Fish, Dolgo, Granollers, Lopez, Ramos, Benneteau, Paire, Anderson, Mayer and Haas aren't there. That's 20% of the top 50. Some out of choice, some thanks to the rules of qualification and Haas is the victim of an idiotic German Olympic Committee. All of those guys would be in some Masters events and they make the overall field stronger.
Last edited by TheMagicRat; 17-07-2012 at 20:15.