Nadal might be barred from 2024 Paris Olympics due to ITF rules

weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
A gold medal in 2008.
A gold medal in 2024.
That would be seriously incredible for an athlete to win 2 gold medals at the Olympics 16 years apart.

Even Michael Phelps did not achieve the feat, although he did qualify for the Olympics in 2000 at the age of 15, an unbelievable achievement in swimming.

Offhand I know that Sue Bird won gold in 2004 and 2020, although that was in a team sport.
 

Mike Sams

G.O.A.T.
Even Michael Phelps did not achieve the feat, although he did qualify for the Olympics in 2000 at the age of 15, an unbelievable achievement in swimming.

Offhand I know that Sue Bird won gold in 2004 and 2020, although that was in a team sport.
So then this would be historical? Nadal winning 2 gold medals 16 years apart?
 

Picmun

Hall of Fame
Completely agree with Herr von Arnim. The ITF and ATP have a strange schizophrenic attitude to the Olympics, sometimes awarding it ranking points, sometimes not and yet recognising it as one of tennis' big titles!! Plus what does it have to do with whether you've played Davis Cup or not (another event they both have a schizophrenic attitude towards)??
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Picmun

Hall of Fame
August 2, 2021

Novak Djokovic, Tennis News, Tennis Tournaments

‘One medal from four Olympics not ideal for my standards’, admits Novak Djokovic​





Novak Djokovic has reflected that winning “only” one medal from his four appearances at the Olympic Games is “not and ideal outcome”.


The world number one said that, while “a medal is a medal”, his Olympic record falls short of his “standards and expectations and wishes”.


The Serbian won the bronze medal on his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games, before losing in the bronze medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.


Djokovic then fell in the first round at Rio 2016, and was denied a bronze medal by Pablo Carreno Busta at this year’s delayed Tokyo 2020 Games following another semi-final defeat.


“I do not regret coming or giving my all [in Tokyo]; how can I have regrets, it is normal when you are at the Olympic Games representing your country,” said the 34-year-old in a press conference.




“Unfortunately, for the third time at the Olympics, I am losing in the semi-finals. I won the medal only once. I mean, ’only’ – a medal is a medal – but for my standards and expectations and wishes, not an ideal outcome.”
 

UnforcedTerror

Hall of Fame
I'm not sure why you people think that Bull even wants to participate at the olympics.

It's all about RG for him, and he might play Barcelona and Madrid one more time but that's it. He doesn't care about the olympics.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
I'd worry more about Nadal being able to compete in regular tour events first. Let's see what version of Nads comes back..if at all. I think if he isn't feeling it, he may call it a career and be content with being a tennis GOAT. There isn't anything he needs to prove there, but as he stated he doesn't want to end things as they have now. Men plan and life laughs though.

Just want to see a few more glimpses of Nadal greatness in matches...selfishly!
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
I'm not sure why you people think that Bull even wants to participate at the olympics.

It's all about RG for him, and he might play Barcelona and Madrid one more time but that's it. He doesn't care about the olympics.

Are you kidding? He will never pass up the chance to play for another medal on his favourite surface at his favourite venue!!
 

Fabresque

Legend
Doesn’t really matter as it’s a formality. He’ll get special treatment as always and will play no matter what.
 

Razer

Legend
idk about the DC, but really, what's the reasoning behind the Olympics tennis not awarding any points?

because

- Olympics gold is actually useless in tennis because of its format
- A tournament held once in 4 years is not equal to other tournaments in opportunity
- It is not a regular tournament held in the calendar year, so again no need to give it any points.
 
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They used to reward ranking points for the Olympics, in 2008 and 2012, and then they dropped it again.
Okay, so I got genuinely interested and looked up what was up with this. Found these relevant bits:
"The reason why no points are given is because the ITF is separate to that of the ATP and WTA. Therefore, they have no control over the allocation of points. However, it is possible that an agreement could be achieved one day between all three."

"They might not want to incentivise top players to favor ITF events over WTA/ATP ones."
"ATP stopped it.
ATP suits / anoraks decided after London 2012 that the Olympics is "competion" to the tour and that it's controlled by a "rival" entity."
 
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