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Why Tennis Doesn't Deserve Spot in the Summer Olympics

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIJuly 19, 2012

Will this be the same sight in the gold medal match?
Will this be the same sight in the gold medal match?Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

With the 2012 Summer Olympics set to begin in a little more than a week, I catch myself looking through the lists of schedules for various sports and say to myself—tennis doesn't deserve to be an Olympic sport.

Now, while I do understand that tennis is a highly watched sport, I just don't see the point of it.

Not too long ago, we watched Roger Federer win Wimbledon.

Come July 28, the first round of tennis action will begin where? You guessed it, Wimbledon.

The next thing you know, we will see a gold medal match between two players who have played each other on multiple occasions this year.

In fact, many of the matchups in the Olympics will be between players who have faced each other on multiple occasions.

And, the format is going to be the same format that we see in every tournament throughout the year. Where's the excitement in that?

In basketball, although many of the players have played each other on multiple occasions, they're on different teams (representing their countries), so it presents a different dynamic.

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Swimming, track and field and gymnastics athletes compete against each other throughout the year, but not at the same rate that tennis athletes do. And, not with the same exposure.

The most any of us watch these three sports are during Olympic qualifying and during the Olympics.

The Olympics seem to be an extension of the ATP and WTA seasons.

I honestly don't see the point in it being one of the events.

And now, come 2016, golf will also be a part of the Olympic schedule, giving us another sport under these same circumstances where it will be another tournament. The only difference is that, instead of a trophy, a gold medal will be on the line.

In my opinion, the Olympics don't need to be about having sports where most of the competitors compete with each other throughout the year week after week.

It takes the excitement out of it.

If Federer or Novak Djokovic don't win the gold medal in the men's draw, then I think 99 percent of people will be surprised.

While the women's competition will likely come down to about 10 players, it's still the same. We'll see many of the same women facing competitors they've faced multiple times this year.

One thing you can guarantee, when tennis is be broadcast, I will either turn to a channel with another sport, or I will turn the television off completely.

If I want to watch tennis, I will wait until the US Open.

I know some won't agree with it, but that's my opinion.

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