As fans of the great game, we love to speculate about winners and losers at any major tennis event on the horizon.
Moreover, 2012 gives us the Year of the Summer Olympics—in addition to the regular four Grand Slam tennis extravaganzas.
During the last summer Olympics in 2008, Federer fans suffered through his unexpected loss to American James Blake at the Summer Games in Beijing. This defeat, however, made them thrill even more to Federer’s win on the doubles court with countryman Stanislas Wawrinka.
Also during the Beijing Games in 2008, the Williams sisters each lost in singles in the quarterfinal round—but they also teamed to come back to win gold in doubles.
At the Olympics, unlike the four majors, the pay is the same whether in you win in singles or in doubles. All winners take home a gold medal. Therefore, at least during the Olympics, the two events are equal.
So, you ask, who will win gold medals in 2012? Who will surprise the rest of the field? Who will be upset early to find redemption elsewhere? The storylines for 2012 promise to be every bit as compelling as those in Beijing in 2008.
Check out the following “bold” tennis predictions.