Tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Mixed doubles

Belarus' Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi defeated Great Britain's Laura Robson and Andy Murray in the final, 2–6, 6–3, [10–8] to win the gold medal in Mixed Doubles tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In the bronze medal match, the United States' Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas, 6–3, 4–6, [10–4].

Mixed doubles
Tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Champions
Runners-up
Final score2–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women mixed
Qualification
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Mixed doubles tennis
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
RobsonMurray2012Olympics-Wimbledon.jpg
Silver medalists Laura Robson and Andy Murray during a match
VenueAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Dates1 August to 5 August
Competitors32 from 13 nations
Teams16
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Belarus
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  United States
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2016 →

The tournament was held from 1 to 5 August on the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London. This was the first time mixed doubles was included in the Olympic tennis programme since Paris in 1924, where Hazel Wightman and Richard Williams won gold. 32 players (16 pairs) from 13 nations competed.[1]

BackgroundEdit

This was the fifth appearance of mixed doubles tennis. The event was first held in 1900 and would not be held again until 1912 (when both outdoor and indoor versions were held); it would then be held the next two Games in 1920 and 1924. Tennis was not a medal sport from 1928 to 1984, though there were demonstration events in 1968 (which included mixed doubles) and 1984 (which did not). Mixed doubles did not return with the rest of the tennis programme in 1988; instead, it was not until 2012 that mixed doubles returned to the programme, where it has been since.[1]

Belarus's Max Mirnyi was a top doubles specialist with six Grand Slam titles but no Olympic medals, as the country had no other top level male doubles player and the mixed doubles had not been played at the Olympics since 1924.[1] Victoria Azarenka was the world #1 women's singles player with strong experience in doubles.[1] The pair had won the 2007 US Open – Mixed Doubles together and were the top seeds coming into the return of the event at the 2012 Olympics. The other seeded teams were the two American pairs (with the Bryan brothers playing with Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond) and Polish duo Agnieszka Radwańska and Marcin Matkowski.

Argentina, Australia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and Serbia each made their mixed doubles debut. Great Britain and Sweden each competed for the fourth time, matching the absent France for most appearances among nations.

QualificationEdit

The main qualifying criteria were the ATP and WTA ranking lists as of 11 June 2012. The players entering were formally submitted by the International Tennis Federation. The ATP and WTA rankings were based on performances from the previous 52 weeks, and there were several tournaments in the two-month period between the time of the rankings being frozen for entry and the beginning of the tennis events at the Olympics. Players must have also made themselves available for two Fed/Davis Cup events from 2009–2012, one of which must have taken place in 2011–2012, and had a good standing with their National Olympic Committee.[2]

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter up to six men and six women athletes, with a maximum of four entries in the individual events, and two pairs in the doubles events. Any player in the world's top 56 was eligible, and NOCs had the option to enter players of a lower rank. Athletes were able to compete in both singles and doubles events.[3] Doubles players within the top 10 doubles rankings on 11 June were eligible to bring any player provided that player had any doubles or singles ranking, and as long as the number of players from the same country did not surpass the total of six.[4]

Competition formatEdit

The competition was a single-elimination tournament with a bronze medal match. All matches were best-of-three sets. Tie-breaks were used for the first two sets of each match. If the score was tied at one set all, a 'super tie-break' (the first pairing to win at least 10 points by a margin of two points) would be used.[5]

ScheduleEdit

Matches took place between 1 and 5 August.

August
1 2 3 4 5
11:30 11:30 12:00 12:00 12:00
Round of 16 Quarterfinals Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Bronze medal match
Gold medal match

SeedsEdit

  1.   Victoria Azarenka (BLR) /   Max Mirnyi (BLR) (Winners, gold medalists)
  2.   Liezel Huber (USA) /   Bob Bryan (USA) (First round)
  3.   Lisa Raymond (USA) /   Mike Bryan (USA) (Semifinals, bronze medalists)
  4.   Agnieszka Radwańska (POL) /   Marcin Matkowski (POL) (First round)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

BracketEdit

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
1   V Azarenka (BLR)
  M Mirnyi (BLR)
6 6
  A Kerber (GER)
  P Petzschner (GER)
2 2 1   V Azarenka (BLR)
  M Mirnyi (BLR)
7 77
  S Mirza (IND)
  L Paes (IND)
6 6   S Mirza (IND)
  L Paes (IND)
5 65
  A Ivanovic (SRB)
  N Zimonjić (SRB)
2 4 1   V Azarenka (BLR)
  M Mirnyi (BLR)
3 6 [10]
3   L Raymond (USA)
  M Bryan (USA)
7 6 3   L Raymond (USA)
  M Bryan (USA)
6 4 [7]
  S Errani (ITA)
  A Seppi (ITA)
5 3 3   L Raymond (USA)
  M Bryan (USA)
6 7
  G Dulko (ARG)
  JM del Potro (ARG)
6 7   G Dulko (ARG)
  JM del Potro (ARG)
2 5
IP   E Vesnina (RUS)
  M Youzhny (RUS)
3 5 1   V Azarenka (BLR)
  M Mirnyi (BLR)
2 6 [10]
IP   L Robson (GBR)
  A Murray (GBR)
7 67[10] IP   L Robson (GBR)
  A Murray (GBR)
6 3 [8]
  L Hradecká (CZE)
  R Štěpánek (CZE)
5 79 [7] IP   L Robson (GBR)
  A Murray (GBR)
6 3 [10]
IP   S Stosur (AUS)
  L Hewitt (AUS)
6 6 IP   S Stosur (AUS)
  L Hewitt (AUS)
3 6 [8]
4   A Radwańska (POL)
  M Matkowski (POL)
3 3 IP   L Robson (GBR)
  A Murray (GBR)
6 67[10] Bronze medal match
IP   S Arvidsson (SWE)
  R Lindstedt (SWE)
3 6 [8]   S Lisicki (GER)
  C Kas (GER)
1 79 [7]
  R Vinci (ITA)
  D Bracciali (ITA)
6 4 [10]   R Vinci (ITA)
  D Bracciali (ITA)
6 62[7] 3   L Raymond (USA)
  M Bryan (USA)
6 4 [10]
  S Lisicki (GER)
  C Kas (GER)
77 65[10]   S Lisicki (GER)
  C Kas (GER)
4 77 [10]     S Lisicki (GER)
  C Kas (GER)
3 6 [4]
2   L Huber (USA)
  B Bryan (USA)
6577 [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Doubles, Mixed". Olympedia. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Olympic qualification details announced". itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation. 20 June 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  3. ^ "ITF and ATP announce Olympic ranking point agreement" (PDF). ATP and ITF. International Tennis Federation. 1 June 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ Erik Gudris (6 March 2012). "Olympic Tennis Rules Announced For Singles and Doubles". tennisnow.com. New York, U.S.: Tennis Now. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Tennis – About". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 7 July 2012.