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Old 10-04-2012, 01:30 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth View Post
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MADRID (Reuters) - Winning a gold medal for your country at the Olympic Games is the greatest achievement in tennis, world number two Rafa Nadal said on Friday, while also leaving the door open to a possible return to Spain's Davis Cup team in September.

After his triumph in Beijing four years ago, Nadal will be chasing a second Olympic singles gold in London, when the event in July and August will be staged on the grass courts of Wimbledon's All England Club.
Thatís because for the players, the Olympics means a lot. World No.1 Roger Federer has talked openly in 2012 about structuring his whole season around peaking for the Games. The lure of the Olympics is what motivated Venus Williams to drag herself back onto the tour while suffering from an auto-immune condition simply to qualify for London 2012. Atlanta 1996 gold medallist Andre Agassi describes his Olympic win as his greatest accomplishment in tennis.
''That's why my main priority is obviously with Davis Cup. We don't play a Davis Cup tie till later on in the year. But apart from that, the grand slams are my main priority.'' - Hewitt
For a century, the Davis Cup has been one of the world's greatest
tennis competitions. Despite the lure of big money on the professional
circuit, the cup continues to stand for sportsmanship, team spirit and
national pride. For Australia, it has given us heroes like Norman
Brookes, Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Neale Fraser, Rod Laver, John
Newcombe and Patrick Rafter. And it has helped define us as a nation,
turning a rich personís game into a country's passion.
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