London 2012: The 12 Most Unforgettable Matches in Olympic Tennis History

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London 2012: The 12 Most Unforgettable Matches in Olympic Tennis History
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When tennis made its return to the Olympic stage in 1988 after a 64-year absence, the sport was greeted with appropriate skepticism.

Why was Steffi Graf—owner of all four Grand Slams played that year— stomping around Seoul? Chris Evert, Stefan Edberg, Gabriela Sabatini—these were not just professionals, but seasoned, glorified professionals at that. 

Since the inception of the American basketball "Dream Team" in '92, however, the professional vs. non-pro discussion has largely fallen off the radar.

The debate still rages on about tennis' legitimacy in the Games (check out how Tennis.com's Steve Tignor and Pete Bodo argued both sides), but one thing is certain—the amount of surprising stunners and nail-biting thrillers that Olympic tennis has produced has been outstanding.

London excluded (I figure there'll be a Top 12 or Top 10 list following the conclusion of the Games), here are the 12 greatest matches in Olympic history.

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