Tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's singles

Czechoslovakia's Miloslav Mečíř defeated the United States' Tim Mayotte in the final, 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–2, to win the gold medal in Men's Singles tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics. It was Czechoslovakia's first medal at the event. The United States' Brad Gilbert and Sweden's Stefan Edberg won the bronze medals. It was Sweden's first men's singles Olympic medal.

Men's singles
Tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics
Final
Champion Miloslav Mečíř (TCH)
Runner-up Tim Mayotte (USA)
Score3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women
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Men's singles tennis
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
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Miloslav Mečíř (1987)
VenueSeoul Olympic Park Tennis Center, Seoul
Dates20 September–1 October 1988
Competitors64 from 32 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Miloslav Mečíř
 Czechoslovakia
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Tim Mayotte
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Stefan Edberg
 Sweden
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Brad Gilbert
 United States
← 1924
1992 →

The tournament was held at the Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center in Seoul, South Korea. Tennis was officially re-introduced as an official sport in the 1988 Summer Olympics, after being held as a demonstration sport in the 1968 Olympic Games and 1984 Olympic Games. It was discontinued from being an official sport after the 1924 Olympic Games before its re-introduction. There were 64 competitors from 32 nations.[1] Nations were limited to three players each (down from four before tennis's Olympic hiatus).

BackgroundEdit

This was the eighth (medal) appearance of the men's singles tennis event. The event has been held at every Summer Olympics where tennis has been on the program: from 1896 to 1924 and then from 1988 to the current program. Demonstration events were held in 1968 and 1984.

Number one seed and the favorite was Stefan Edberg of Sweden, the winner of the 1984 demonstration event as well as the reigning Wimbledon champion.[1]

Bermuda, Brazil, West Germany, Haiti, Israel, the Ivory Coast, New Zealand, Nigeria, Paraguay, Poland, South Korea, the Soviet Union, and Zimbabwe each made their debut in the event. France made its seventh appearance, most among all nations, having missed only the 1904 event.

Competition formatEdit

The competition was a single-elimination tournament. Unlike previous Olympic tournaments, no bronze medal match was held. All matches were best-of-five sets. The 12-point tie-breaker, common by 1988, was used in the Olympics for the first time.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Korea Standard Time adjusted for daylight savings (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 20 September 1988
Wednesday, 21 September 1988
Round of 64
Thursday, 22 September 1988 Round of 32
Saturday, 24 September 1988 Round of 16
Monday, 26 September 1988 Quarterfinals
Wednesday, 28 September 1988 Semifinals
Friday, 30 September 1988 11:12 Final

SeedsEdit

  1.   Stefan Edberg (SWE) (semifinals, bronze medalist)
  2.   Tim Mayotte (USA) (finals, silver medalist)
  3.   Miloslav Mečíř (TCH) (champion, gold medalist)
  4.   Henri Leconte (FRA) (second round)
  5.   Brad Gilbert (USA) (semifinals, bronze medalist)
  6.   Emilio Sánchez (ESP) (second round)
  7.   Anders Järryd (SWE) (third round)
  8.   Andrei Chesnokov (URS) (first round)
  9.   Darren Cahill (AUS) (second round)
  10.   Jakob Hlasek (SUI) (third round)
  11.   Ronald Agénor (HAI) (first round)
  12.   Amos Mansdorf (ISR) (third round)
  13.   Martín Jaite (ARG) (quarterfinals)
  14.   John Fitzgerald (AUS) (first round)
  15.   Slobodan Živojinović (YUG) (second round)
  16.   Luiz Mattar (BRA) (first round)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final (Gold Medal Match)
                     
1   Stefan Edberg (SWE) 6 7 6    
    Paolo Canè (ITA) 1 5 4    
1   Stefan Edberg (SWE) 6 0 6 4 2
3   Miloslav Mečíř (TCH) 3 6 1 6 6
3   Miloslav Mečíř (TCH) 3 77 6 6  
    Michiel Schapers (NED) 6 622 4  
3   Miloslav Mečíř (TCH) 3 6 6 6  
2   Tim Mayotte (USA) 6 2 4 2  
5/WC   Brad Gilbert (USA) 5 6 77 6  
13   Martín Jaite (ARG) 7 1 613  
5/WC   Brad Gilbert (USA) 4 4 3    
2   Tim Mayotte (USA) 6 6 6    
    Carl-Uwe Steeb (FRG) 645 3    
2   Tim Mayotte (USA) 77 7 6    

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
1   S Edberg (SWE) 77 6 6    
WC   H Skoff (AUT) 632 3     1   S Edberg (SWE) 6 77 6    
Q   T Tsuchihashi (JPN) 652 4     Q   A Moreno (MEX) 2 620    
Q   A Moreno (MEX) 77 6 6     1   S Edberg (SWE) 6 6 77    
Q   Z Ali (IND) 6 6 6     10   J Hlasek (SUI) 2 4 63   
    V Caballero (PAR) 3 2 4     Q   Z Ali (IND) 4 5 5    
Q   S Alger (BER) 3 4 2     10   J Hlasek (SUI) 6 7 7    
10   J Hlasek (SUI) 6 6 6     1   S Edberg (SWE) 6 7 6    
14   J Fitzgerald (AUS) 4 6 2 2       P Canè (ITA) 1 5 4    
Q   G Connell (CAN) 6 4 6 6   Q   G Connell (CAN) 4 4 2    
Q   S Abdullahi (NGR) 2 5 3     Q   J Sánchez (ESP) 6 6 6    
Q   J Sánchez (ESP) 6 7 6     Q   J Sánchez (ESP) 616 1 2  
    P Canè (ITA) 6 77 4 6       P Canè (ITA) 77 4 6 6  
    M Šrejber (TCH) 3 646 3       P Canè (ITA) 7 6 646  
Q   S Matsuoka (JPN) 3 4 3     6   E Sánchez (ESP) 5 3 77 4  
6   E Sánchez (ESP) 6 6 6    

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
3   M Mečíř (TCH) 5 6 6 78  
    E Jelen (FRG) 7 1 2 66  3   M Mečíř (TCH) 6 4 6 6  
    G Bloom (ISR) 6 4 6 2 7     J Bates (GBR) 3 6 1 4  
    J Bates (GBR) 4 6 3 6 9 3   M Mečíř (TCH) 77 6 7    
Q   O Camporese (ITA) 2 0 3         G Forget (FRA) 613 5    
    G Forget (FRA) 6 6 6         G Forget (FRA) 7 78 6    
    M Christensen (DEN) 5 2 4     15   S Živojinović (YUG) 5 662    
15   S Živojinović (YUG) 7 6 6     3   M Mečíř (TCH) 3 77 6 6  
11/WC   R Agénor (HAI) 6 3 2 1 r     M Schapers (NED) 6 622 4  
    L Lavalle (MEX) 3 6 6 2       L Lavalle (MEX) 3 4 62   
    S Casal (ESP) 6 6 6         S Casal (ESP) 6 6 77    
Q   M Gurr (ZIM) 2 3 1         S Casal (ESP) 4 6 6 3 4
Q   W Kowalski (POL) 2 4 4         M Schapers (NED) 6 4 2 6 6
Q   T Mmoh (NGR) 6 6 6     Q   T Mmoh (NGR) 6 3 1 6 1
    M Schapers (NED) 6 5 6 6       M Schapers (NED) 4 6 6 4 6
8/WC   A Chesnokov (URS) 3 7 0 2  

Bottom halfEdit

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
5/WC   B Gilbert (USA) 6 7 6    
    M Tauson (DEN) 2 5 1     5/WC   B Gilbert (USA) 6 1 6 6  
Q   A Cherkasov (URS) 6 6 6     Q   A Cherkasov (URS) 4 6 1 2  
    H Chapacú (PAR) 0 0 1     5/WC   B Gilbert (USA) 6 6 6    
WC   N Odizor (NGR) 4 3 2         R Seguso (USA) 2 1 2    
    R Seguso (USA) 6 6 6         R Seguso (USA) 6 77 686  
Q   A Antonitsch (AUT) 2 4 77 2   9/Q   D Cahill (AUS) 3 63710 2  
9/Q   D Cahill (AUS) 6 6 626   5/WC   B Gilbert (USA) 5 6 77 6  
13   M Jaite (ARG) 6 6 6     13   M Jaite (ARG) 7 1 613  
Q   C Pridham (CAN) 1 3 2     13   M Jaite (ARG) 6 6 6    
Q   S Perkiss (ISR) 2 6 4 4   Q   J Frana (ARG) 2 4 2    
Q   J Frana (ARG) 6 4 6 6   13   M Jaite (ARG) 6 6 6    
    B-S Kim (KOR) 7 3 6 636     B-S Kim (KOR) 4 1 3    
LL   G Kalovelonis (GRE) 5 6 2 77 3     B-S Kim (KOR) 4 7 6 3 7
    V Amritraj (IND) 6 4 3 6 3 4   H Leconte (FRA) 6 5 3 6 5
4   H Leconte (FRA) 4 6 6 3 6

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
7/WC   A Järryd (SWE) 710 4 7 7  
Q   M Laurendeau (CAN) 686 5 5   7/WC   A Järryd (SWE) 6 6 6    
Q   C N'Goran (CIV) 711 6 2 635     A Castle (GBR) 0 3 1    
    A Castle (GBR) 693 6 77 7 7/WC   A Järryd (SWE) 6 5 3 5  
Q   C-U Steeb (FRG) 7 6 6         C-U Steeb (FRG) 2 7 6 7  
Q   A Volkov (URS) 5 4 3     Q   C-U Steeb (FRG) 6 5 6 1 7
    W Masur (AUS) 6 6 4 676     W Masur (AUS) 3 7 3 6 5
16   L Mattar (BRA) 4 4 6 79 4     C-U Steeb (FRG) 645 3    
12   A Mansdorf (ISR) 6 6 7     2   T Mayotte (USA) 77 7 6    
Q   J-S Yoo (KOR) 2 4 5     12   A Mansdorf (ISR) 6 3 6 7  
    K Evernden (NZL) 77 6 6         K Evernden (NZL) 4 6 1 5  
Q   G Ivanišević (YUG) 603 3     12   A Mansdorf (ISR) 4 2 4    
    D Nargiso (ITA) 4 2 77 77 8 2   T Mayotte (USA) 6 6 6    
    F Maciel (MEX) 6 6 62636     D Nargiso (ITA) 6 2 4 0  
    D-W Song (KOR) 3 3 4     2   T Mayotte (USA) 2 6 6 6  
2   T Mayotte (USA) 6 6 6    

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Singles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 22 December 2020.