The 2012 London Olympics have been wildly successful for the United States tennis team, who have already won two gold medals (Serena Williams and the Bryan brothers) and will compete on August 5th for another gold and two bronzes. Yet as exciting a time as this is for Team USA, it is also the end of an era.
Of the 12 members of the American tennis team, nine will be 30 years or older at the next Olympics, with Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber leading the pack at 42 and 39 respectively. The older players include all who were or are in serious medal contention, including Serena Williams (who will be 34), Venus Williams (who will be 36) and the Bryan brothers (who will be 38).
Yet there is a great deal of hope for Team USA. Three young stars, all under the age of 25, were members of the United States team, and there are several other talented young American tennis players who should be ready to compete for Olympic hardware in 2016. Here is a look at a few of the players who will likely contend for the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics.