Did Serena play the Olympics in 2000?

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  1. Andy Zarzuela

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    Was Venus the only sister to play in the Olympics in 2000? Because it doesn't make sense, why would Serena play the doubles and not the singles? Anyone know?
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  2. Kevin Patrick

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    In 2000, Serena's ranking was not high enough to be one of the three Americans chosen(Davenport, Venus, & Seles played singles for the US in Sydney)
    This is a problem I have with tennis in the Olympics, countries with many elite players are not treated fairly. If a tournament excludes top players for whatever reason, how can it be considered a significant event?

    Incidently, Serena's selection for doubles at Sydney was quite controversial. According to the USTA's rules, players with the highest doubles ranking would qualify for the Olympics. Billie Jean King opted to exclude Lisa Raymond from team(despite her high doubles ranking) & chose the sisters(who weren't ranked high in doubles due to their infrequent play) instead.
    Raymond was understandably upset at missing a possible once in a lifetime opportunity & sued the USTA & Billie Jean King(unsuccessfully) I'm glad she was able to get a chance to play at Athens.
     
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  3. Andy Zarzuela

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    Well I guess that makes since, but Serena being an Elite singles player back then top 10 or maybe 11, then I could see Billie's reasoning for selecting her over Lisa. Lisa had a higher doubles ranking, but I think Serena deserved to be there more than Lisa. After all she was a top ten player (or close to it) then. You know what, I saw that there were 4 players from France and Russia playing singles. I don't understand that...I thought only the TOP 3 would be chosen. I'm sort of glad Lisa didn't win that case. She may have had an argument about being ranked higher in doubles, BUT when the Williams played doubles they dominated. It'd be nice to see Venus take the Olympics and be the only Woman to win 3 or more consectutive gold metals. BTW, do you consider Venus' win at the Olympics in 2000 to be equivelent to a Grand Slam? I think so.
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  4. TwistServe

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    Did I mention that Lisa Raymond sux?
     
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  5. The tennis guy

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    How can Olympic tennis be equal to a grand slam when some top players are not allowed to play?
     
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    No Andy, I don't consider a gold medal equivalent to to a Grand Slam(and I doubt Venus honestly does either)
    Tennis Guy is right, if you have top 20 or top 10 players excluded from an event, how can it be considered important?

    Tennis only became a medal sport in 1988, do you think any of today's players(even the ones that have medals) dreamed about winning the Olympics? Of course not, tennis players dream of winning Grand Slams. The Olympics should be a once in a lifetime opportunity for amateur athletes in sports that only get recognized every 4 years(swimming, track & field, etc.)

    Also tennis players already have the opportunity to play for their country(in a real team format). Davis Cup & Fed Cup have been around for 100 years & I truly believe it when players like Hewitt or Rafter say it's more important to them than the Grand Slams.
    The ATP is rewarding the Olympics ranking points this year. Guess how many? Less than the 4 Slams & the 9 masters-series. Guess that makes the Olympics the 14th most important event of the year.

    You mention that Russia & France have 4 players each? I think the rules have changed to 4 players for this year. It could also be due to the late withdrawls of Serena & Capriati. I saw that an Australian player(the next highest player after the entry cutoff) is replacing Serena. It's a shame that Serena & Capriati didn't decide on going earlier, they could have given an American a shot at their spot.
     
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    Capriati withdrew early enough to let Lisa Raymond into singles. However, Serena's withdrawal was too late to let another US player in.
     
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  8. kooyah

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    It's not.
     
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    kooyah wrote
    Better see that on the court. :wink:
     
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  10. Andy Zarzuela

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    Well at least the ELITE players will be there from each country...
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    Grand slams are what its at in tennis.
     
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