Despite being included in the first 7 Olympics from 1896 through till 1924, tennis was dropped from the program for 11 of the next 12 games. It was included as a demonstration sport in 1968 and 1984, before being reinstated permanently from 1988. The competition has been played on hard court in every Olympics since 1984 apart from 1992 in Barcelona when clay was chosen as the surface and 2012 in London when the traditional Wimbledon grass courts were used.
The tennis competition at the Olympics has increased in importance since 2004 when the world tennis governing bodies, ATP and WTA made the decision that results from the games would count towards world singles rankings for that year. This now ensures we see the best possible fields assembled at each Olympics moving forward. Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in the 2012 London gold medal match, with Argentine Juan Martin del Potro claiming the bronze. In 2008 at Beijing, Rafael Nadal ousted Fernando Gonzalez for the gold medal, with current world no. 1 Novak Djokovic claiming the bronze.
Despite our successful history in tennis competitions both individually and in the Davis Cup, our Olympic medal tally doesn’t read too well. We’ve been in attendance at 9 different Olympics and have won just the 1 gold medal – the Woodies in the men’s doubles in 1996. Woodbridge and Woodforde then went on to win silver 4 years later at home in Sydney, and Alicia Molik won bronze in 2004 at Athens. Our only 2 other medals came in 1988 and 1992 in the women’s doubles, winning bronze both times.
|2016 RIO||ANDY MURRAY (GBR)||JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO (ARG)||KEI NISHIKORI (JAP)|
|2012 LONDON||ANDY MURRAY (GBR)||ROGER FEDERER (SUI)||JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO (ARG)|
|2008 BEIJING||RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)||FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI)||NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB)|
|2004 ATHENS||NICOLAS MASSU (CHI)||MARDY FISH (USA)||FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI)|
|2000 SYDNEY||YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV (RUS)||TOMMY HASS (GER)||ARNAUD DI PASQUALE (FRA)|
|1996 ATLANTA||ANDRE AGASSI (USA)||SERGI BRUGUERA (ESP)||LEANDER PAES (IND)|
|1992 BARCELONA||MARC ROSSET (SUI)||JORDI ARRESE (ESP)||GORAN IVANISEVIC (CRO)|
|1988 SEOUL||MILOSLAV MECIR (TCH)||TIM MAYOTTE (USA)||STEFAN EDBERG (SWE)|
|1984 LOS ANGELES||STEFAN EDBERG (SWE)||FRANCISCO MACIEL (MEX)||JIMMY ARIAS (USA)|
|2016 RIO||MONICA PUIG (PUR)||ANGELIQUE KERBER (GER)||PETRA KVITOVA (CZE)|
|2012 LONDON||SERENA WILLIAMS (USA)||MARIA SHARAPOVA (RUS)||VICTORIA AZARENKA (BLR)|
|2008 BEIJING||ELENA DEMENTIEVA (RUS)||DINARA SAFINA (RUS)||VERA ZVONAREVA (RUS)|
|2004 ATHENS||JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE (BEL)||AMELIE MAURESMO (FRA)||ALICIA MOLIK (AUS)|
|2000 SYDNEY||VENUS WILLIAMS (USA)||ELENA DEMENTIEVA (RUS)||MONICA SELES (USA)|
|1996 ATLANTA||LINDSAY DAVENPORT (USA)||ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO (ESP)||JANA NOVOTNA (CZE)|
|1992 BARCELONA||JENNIFER CAPRIATI (USA)||STEFFI GRAF(GER)||MARY JOE FERNANDEZ (USA)|
|1988 SEOUL||STEFFI GRAF (GER)||GABRIELA SABATINI (ARG)||ZINA GARRISON (USA)|
|1984 LOS ANGELES||STEFFI GRAF (GER)||SABRINA GOLES (YUG)||RAFFAELLA REGGI (ITA)|