London 2012: Projecting Team USA's Chances for Winning Olympic Tennis Gold

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London 2012: Projecting Team USA's Chances for Winning Olympic Tennis Gold
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Starting in 1988, the Olympic Committee decided to return tennis to the Summer Games, which was sadly missing from the international event since 1928.

Since the re-emergence of tennis as a sport in the official Olympic program, the United States has captured the most medals in tennis—17 in all. Ten were gold.

Leading them all is former world No. 1 Venus Williams, who earned a gold medal in singles at the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, as well as two gold medals in doubles earned with her sister Serena in Sydney with another following in Beijing in 2008.

Serena also won two gold medals, both earned in doubles with older sister Venus in 2000 and 2008. The youngest Williams sister, however, has yet to win a gold medal in the singles competition.

In 1996, the United States won three out of four gold medals awarded in tennis, as Andre Agassi won a gold medal in men’s singles while Lindsay Davenport did the same in women’s tennis. Also adding gold that year were Gigi Fernandez and Mary Jo Fernandez, picking up the gold in women’s doubles.

Zina Garrison had a great year in 1988, winning bronze in singles as well as teaming with fellow American Pam Shriver to win gold in doubles at the Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Also in 1988, tennis pros Ken Flach and Robert Seguso won gold for the United States in men’s doubles.

In Barcelona in 1992, Jennifer Capriati defeated Germany’s Steffi Graf to win gold in women’s singles for the United States.

The United States also has two players who each won a silver medal, one step short of gold. The first was earned by Tim Mayotte in Seoul in 1988, and the second was earned by Mardy Fish in Athens in 2004.

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