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Tennis at the 2016 Summer Olympics

The tennis tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was held at the Olympic Tennis Centre, from 6 to 14 August.[2] The competition was played on a fast hardcourt surface used in numerous North American tournaments that aims to minimize disruption for players.[3]

Tennis at the 2016 Summer Olympics
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Date 6–14 August
Edition 17th
Surface Hard (GreenSet Grand Prix Cushion) [1]
Location Olympic Tennis Centre
Champions
Men's Singles
 Andy Murray (GBR)
Women's Singles
 Monica Puig (PUR)
Men's Doubles
 Marc López & Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Women's Doubles
 Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Mixed Doubles
 Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Jack Sock (USA)
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Olimpic Tennis Centre, in Barra Olimpic Park

Initially a total of 172 players were expected to compete in five events: singles and doubles for both men and women and the return of the mixed doubles for the second consecutive time. However, eventually 105 male and 94 female players were granted places in the draws. The Olympic tennis events were run and organized by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and were part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tours.

The 2016 Olympic tournament was the fifteenth edition of tennis at the Olympics (excluding the two Olympics, 1968 and 1984, when tennis was a demonstration event), and the eighth since 1988, when the sport was officially brought back into the Games. Unlike previous editions of the Olympic event, it was decided that the Olympic tournaments would not offer ATP and WTA ranking points for the players.

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SummaryEdit

Serena Williams was the defending champion in the women's singles, but she lost to Elina Svitolina in the third round.[4] Unseeded Puerto Rican Monica Puig won the gold medal, defeating Germany's world number two Angelique Kerber in the final, 6–4, 4–6, 6–1.[5] This marked Puerto Rico's first ever Olympic gold medal and made Puig her country's first ever female medalist.

In the men's singles, British flagbearer Andy Murray was the defending champion from the London tournament at Wimbledon, while Novak Djokovic was the number one seed and aiming to complete the Career Golden Slam. However, he was defeated in the first round by Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro.[6] Murray defended his title, defeating del Potro in the final, 7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5.[7] With the victory, Murray became the first player, male or female, to win singles gold at two consecutive Olympics and the first player to defend an Olympic title since Serena and Venus Willams won the women's doubles title in Beijing and London. This, combined with a second Wimbledon title, becoming the first-ever three-time BBC Sports Personality of the Year and ending the year as the #1-ranked player by the ATP after having led Great Britain to their first Davis Cup since 1936 in 2015, contributed to his being knighted in the New Year's Honours List.[8]

Serena and Venus Williams were the two-time defending champions and number one seeds in the women's doubles, but they lost in the first round to Czech pairing Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová. The defeat ended the sisters' 15 match winning streak in women's doubles at the Olympics, and also marked their first loss together in Olympic competition.[9] Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the gold medal, defeating Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis in the final, 6–4, 6–4.[10] Martina Hingis had been attempting to become just the fifth woman to complete the Career Golden Slam in doubles.

In the men's doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan were the defending champions, but they withdrew before the competition as a result of health concerns.[11] French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut were the number one seeds, but lost in the first round to Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah from Colombia. Spaniards Marc López and Rafael Nadal won the gold medal, defeating Romanian duo Florin Mergea and Horia Tecău in the final, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4.[12]

Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi were the defending champions in the mixed doubles tournament, but they were not able to defend their title as a result of Azarenka's withdrawal due to pregnancy.[13] American pair Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock won the gold medal, defeating their compatriots Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the final, 6–7(3–7), 6–1, [10–7].

QualificationEdit

For the singles competitions, the top 56 players in the world rankings on June 6, 2016 of the WTA and ATP tours are qualified for the Olympics. However, entry has been limited to four players from a country. This means that players who are ranked in the top 56 but represent the NOCs with four higher-ranked players already participating do not qualify, allowing players who are ranked outside of the top 56 but from countries with fewer than four players already qualified to compete. A player could only participate if he or she has made him- or herself available to be drafted to represent the player's country in Davis Cup or Fed Cup for two of the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, with one of the years being either 2015 or 2016. Of the remaining eight slots, six of them will be determined by the ITF's Olympic Committee, taking into account ranking and spread of nations represented, while the final two slots are awarded by the IOC to players from small nations.[14][15]

In the doubles competitions, 24 teams are automatically qualified for the Games based on the rankings to be published on 6 June 2016, subject to a maximum of two teams per NOC. Players in the top ten of the doubles rankings could reserve a place, provided they had a partner to compete with. Meanwhile, the remaining eight teams were decided by the ITF Olympic Committee.[14][15]

Competition formatEdit

The tennis competition at the Olympic Games consisted of a single elimination tournament. The size of the singles draw, 64, meant that there were six rounds of competition in total, with five in the doubles owing to its smaller draw size of 32, and 4 for mixed with its draw size only being 16. Players reaching the semifinal were assured of an opportunity to compete for a medal, with the two losing semifinalists contesting a bronze medal match.

All matches were the best of three sets, except for the men's singles final which was the best of five sets. The tie break operated in every set, including the final one (a first for the Olympics). In the mixed doubles the third set was played as a match tie-break (10 points).[2]

ScheduleEdit

Date 6 August 7 August 8 August 9 August 10 August 11 August 12 August 13 August 14 August
Day Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Start time 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 12:00 12:00 12:00
Men's singles Round of 64 Round of 32 play cancelled
due to rain[16]
Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze/Final
Women's singles Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze/Final
Men's doubles Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze/Final
Women's doubles Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze Final
Mixed doubles Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze/Final

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   United States 1 1 1 3
2   Great Britain 1 0 0 1
  Puerto Rico 1 0 0 1
  Russia 1 0 0 1
  Spain 1 0 0 1
6   Argentina 0 1 0 1
  Germany 0 1 0 1
  Romania 0 1 0 1
  Switzerland 0 1 0 1
10   Czech Republic 0 0 3 3
11   Japan 0 0 1 1
Total 11 NOCs 5 5 5 15

Medal eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Singles
details
Andy Murray
  Great Britain
Juan Martín del Potro
  Argentina
Kei Nishikori
  Japan
Men's Doubles
details
  Spain (ESP)
Marc López
Rafael Nadal
  Romania (ROU)
Florin Mergea
Horia Tecău
  United States (USA)
Steve Johnson
Jack Sock
Women's Singles
details
Monica Puig
  Puerto Rico
Angelique Kerber
  Germany
Petra Kvitová
  Czech Republic
Women's Doubles
details
  Russia (RUS)
Ekaterina Makarova
Elena Vesnina
  Switzerland (SUI)
Timea Bacsinszky
Martina Hingis
  Czech Republic (CZE)
Lucie Šafářová
Barbora Strýcová
Mixed Doubles
details
  United States (USA)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Jack Sock
  United States (USA)
Venus Williams
Rajeev Ram
  Czech Republic (CZE)
Lucie Hradecká
Radek Štěpánek

Singles seedsEdit

Men's singlesEdit

Seed Rank Player Status
1 1 Novak Djokovic
  Serbia
First round, lost to Juan Martín del Potro
  Argentina
2 2 Andy Murray
  Great Britain
Won Gold medal match to Juan Martín del Potro
  Argentina
3 5 Rafael Nadal
  Spain
Lost Bronze medal match to Kei Nishikori
  Japan
4 6 Kei Nishikori
  Japan
Won Bronze medal match to Rafael Nadal
  Spain
5 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  France
Second round, lost to Gilles Müller
  Luxembourg
6 11 Gaël Monfils
  France
Quarterfinal, lost to Kei Nishikori
  Japan
7 12 David Ferrer
  Spain
Second round, lost to Evgeny Donskoy
  Russia
8 13 David Goffin
  Belgium
Third round, lost to Thomaz Bellucci
  Brazil
9 14 Marin Čilić
  Croatia
Third round, lost to Gaël Monfils
  France
10 16 Roberto Bautista Agut
  Spain
Quarterfinal, lost to Juan Martín del Potro
  Argentina
11 21 Pablo Cuevas
  Uruguay
Second round, lost to Thomaz Bellucci
  Brazil
12 22 Steve Johnson
  United States
Quarterfinal, lost to Andy Murray
  Great Britain
13 23 Philipp Kohlschreiber
  Germany
Second round, lost to Andrej Martin
  Slovakia
14 25 Jack Sock
  United States
First round, lost to Taro Daniel
  Japan
15 31 Gilles Simon
  France
Third round, lost to Rafael Nadal
  Spain
16 32 Benoit Paire
  France
Second round, lost to Fabio Fognini
  Italy

The following players received an ITF invitation:

The following players received a Tripartite Commission invitation:

The following players were originally in the entry list and supposed to be seeded but withdrew prior to the event:

Women's singlesEdit

Seed Rank Player Status
1 1 Serena Williams
  United States
Third round, lost to Elina Svitolina
  Ukraine
2 2 Angelique Kerber
  Germany
Lost Gold medal match to Monica Puig
  Puerto Rico
3 4 Garbiñe Muguruza
  Spain
Third round, lost to Monica Puig
  Puerto Rico
4 5 Agnieszka Radwańska
  Poland
First round, lost to Zheng Saisai
  China
5 6 Venus Williams
  United States
First round, lost to Kirsten Flipkens
  Belgium
6 8 Roberta Vinci
  Italy
First round, lost to Anna Karolína Schmiedlová
  Slovakia
7 9 Madison Keys
  United States
Lost Bronze medal match to Petra Kvitová
  Czech Republic
8 10 Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Russia
Third round, lost to Johanna Konta
  Great Britain
9 12 Carla Suárez Navarro
  Spain
Third round, lost to Madison Keys
  United States
10 13 Johanna Konta
  Great Britain
Quarterfinal, lost to Angelique Kerber
  Germany
11 14 Petra Kvitová
  Czech Republic
Won Bronze medal match to Madison Keys
  United States
12 15 Timea Bacsinszky
  Switzerland
First round, lost to Zhang Shuai
  China
13 18 Samantha Stosur
  Australia
Third round, lost to Angelique Kerber
  Germany
14 19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  Russia
Second round, lost to Monica Puig
  Puerto Rico
15 20 Elina Svitolina
  Ukraine
Quarterfinal, lost to Petra Kvitová
  Czech Republic
16 21 Barbora Strýcová
  Czech Republic
Second round, lost to Sara Errani
  Italy

The following players received an ITF invitation:

The following players received a Tripartite Commission invitation:

The following players were originally in the entry list and supposed to be seeded but withdrew prior to the event:

Doubles seedsEdit

Men's doublesEdit

Seed Rank Team Status
1 3 Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut
  France
First round, lost to Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah
  Colombia
2 6 Andy Murray & Jamie Murray
  Great Britain
First round, lost to Thomaz Bellucci & André Sá
  Brazil
3 11 Marcelo Melo & Bruno Soares
  Brazil
Quarterfinal, lost to Florin Mergea & Horia Tecău
  Romania
4 20 Gael Monfils & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  France
First round, lost to Brian Baker & Rajeev Ram
  United States
5 24 Florin Mergea & Horia Tecău
  Romania
Lost Gold medal match to Marc López & Rafael Nadal
  Spain
6 26 Marc López & Rafael Nadal
  Spain
Won Gold medal match to Florin Mergea & Horia Tecău
  Romania
7 27 Daniel Nestor & Vasek Pospisil
  Canada
Lost Bronze medal match to Steve Johnson & Jack Sock
  United States
8 28 Roberto Bautista Agut & David Ferrer
  Spain
Quarterfinal, lost to Steve Johnson & Jack Sock
  United States

The following players received an ITF invitation:

Women's doublesEdit

Seed Rank Team Status
1 7 Serena Williams & Venus Williams
  United States
First round, lost to Lucie Šafářová & Barbora Strýcová
  Czech Republic
2 7 Caroline Garcia & Kristina Mladenovic
  France
First round, lost to Misaki Doi & Eri Hozumi
  Japan
3 12 Chan Yung-jan & Chan Hao-ching
  Chinese Taipei
Quarterfinal, lost to Martina Hingis & Timea Bacsinszky
  Switzerland
4 16 Garbiñe Muguruza & Carla Suárez Navarro
  Spain
Quarterfinal, lost to Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina Makarova
  Russia
5 16 Martina Hingis & Timea Bacsinszky
  Switzerland
Lost Gold medal match to Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina Makarova
  Russia
6 20 Lucie Hradecká & Andrea Hlaváčková
  Czech Republic
Lost Bronze medal match to Lucie Šafářová & Barbora Strýcová
  Czech Republic
7 22 Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina Makarova
  Russia
Won Gold medal match to Martina Hingis & Timea Bacsinszky
  Switzerland
8 32 Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci
  Italy
Quarterfinal, lost to Lucie Šafářová & Barbora Strýcová
  Czech Republic

The following players received an ITF invitation:

Mixed doublesEdit

Seed Rank Team Status
1 4 Caroline Garcia & Nicolas Mahut
  France
First round, lost to Teliana Pereira & Marcelo Melo
  Brazil
2 6 Kristina Mladenovic & Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  France
First round, lost to Roberta Vinci & Fabio Fognini
  Italy
3 9 Garbiñe Muguruza & Rafael Nadal
  Spain
First round, withdrew
4 16 Sania Mirza & Rohan Bopanna
  India
Lost Bronze medal match to Lucie Hradecká & Radek Štěpánek
  Czech Republic

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ James Masters (10 August 2016). "Serena Williams stunned by Elina Svitolina at Rio 2016 Olympics". CNN. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Monica Puig tops Angelique Kerber to claim Puerto Rico's first ever gold". The Associated Press. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Joe Posnanski (8 August 2016). "Posnanski Rio Diary: Del Potro stuns Djokovic at the Olympics". Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Kevin Mitchell (15 August 2016). "Andy Murray beats Juan Martín del Potro to win second Olympic gold". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  8. ^ 2017 New Year's Honours List – Sporting Honours BBC Sport
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  10. ^ "Russia's Makarova and Vesnina take women’s doubles gold". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
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