Which tennis players have carried the flag for their country at the Olympic Opening?

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  1. BULLZ1LLA2.0

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    Nadal will be carrying the flag for Spain this year at the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Which other tennis players have?
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    Don't you mean to ask which tennis players have carried the flag for their country AND won a singles gold?
     
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    Hopefully Raffy won't ask for an MTO while carrying the flag.
     
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    Please say it aint so... Opening ceremonies are extremely long already...
     
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  6. elpolaco84

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    they'll give him at least one towel off half way trough
     
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    Nole for Serbia I guess. He is God there.
     
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    It's an assumed thing, DFTW, that BZ is constantly trolling Federer. He can't help himself, all that self-hate projected at Fed would eat him alive.
     
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    Federer carried the flag for Switzerland in Beijing in 2008 Summer Olympics...
     
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    Leander Paes was carried India's flag in Sydney.
     
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    Federer carried the Swiss flag in both 2004 and 2008. It wouldn't surprise me to see him do it again this year, as the Swiss seem to have more better concentrations in winter sports than summer sports.

    Tennis' history at the Olympics is very short. It's no surprise that tennis players who also bore their nation's flag is somewhat unheard of.
     
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    Steffi Graf won a Gold Medal in 1984 when tennis was a demonstration sport at the LA Olympics. And Graf won a Gold Medal in 1988 Seoul Olympics. Tennis in the Olympics has been well recognized for a while now.
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    Seems like no. Jasna Sekaric sport shooter carried the flag in Bejing. I guess Djok will do it in London.
     
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    also

    Fernando Gonzalez in 2008
    Nicolás Massú in 2000
     
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    Marcos Baghdatis? ;)
     
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    Might be a bit tricky to buttpick while carrying the flag, no?

    BTW, Rosset won singles gold in Barcelona '92 and was rewarded with an offer to carry the Swiss flag at Atlanta '96. He declined due to the outfit he would have worn...lederhosen and mountain boots on a 6'7" (2 meters) frame didn't appeal to him.
     
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    I'd imagine Nadal, Fed and Djokovic could all rightfully carry their flags in the Summer Olympics.

    :) I just saw the quote in your sig, Bully. I'm very flattered you're going through my old posts, but I wonder about the point of that quote. Am I supposed to be embarrassed for being gay? ... Or for not lusting over Spanish muscles? But I stand by what I said: Young Andy is very cute, and Novak is still sexy. He can don his favorite tiny swimsuit and wave the rainbow flag anytime.
     
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    I was expecting Guga to had borne the flag for Brazil, but he hasn't.
    Sabatini was the flag bearer for the 88 Olympics for Argentina.
    Massú also carried the flag for Chile in 2000 and Fernando Gonzalez in 2008

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    Edberg for Sweden in 1992.
    Ivanisevic for Croatia also in 1992
     
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    Nole is probably going to carry the Serbian flag this summer. Fed has always done it for Switzerland, Nadal maybe. Murray probably not unless he wins Wimbledon or something.
     
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    Nadal is the only male player that officially is carrying the flag at the London Olympics. Was announced a week ago.
     
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    I thought the thread was about the tennis players, that have carried their national flags at the Opening ceremony of the Olympics. Why do you keep bringing Nadal in it as a potential future carrier?
     
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    Nadal isn't a potential carrier, he is the carrier in London, and that is this year aka present.
     
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  25. I was expecting Novak Djokovic to carry the flag for Spain. :)
     
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    Spain and Serbia, to be exact.
     
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    I doubt he will even having a winning record over Nadal by then. He doesn't now, Nadal leads 16-14 and 5-3 at slams. If anything by your logic Nadal should carry the Spain/Serbian flag.
     
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    I agree........... by tennis results this past months, Rafa has just about qualified to be the first lady of Serbia.
     
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    Nadal will more than likely have the number one ranking well before the Olympics, the way Djokovic is going. Nadal made a big points gain at the AO, Djokovic gained nothing at the AO and lost points at Dubai. Djokovic now must win Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, Wimbledon. Good luck....
     
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    are you out of you mind, lol. Nadal lost last 7 finals to Djokovic. How exactly will Nadal regain #1? good luck to you
     
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    That is exactly why Nadal will be number one very soon. Nadal only has to defend finals mostly. Only 3 titles. And he's already made a huge profit by bettering his 2011 AO QF. Djokovic has to win almost every masters shield and 3 slams, just to keep his points. He can't even profit. No chance.
     
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    Three of those finals are on hard courts. And two of them are coming after a month's break. Nadal's history at both Indian Wells and Miami aren't that great. It's no lock for him to be in the final of all three.
     
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    Switzerland and even France (should Nole win FO) will be after Nole to carry their flags.
     
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    Nadal has a superb record at Indian Wells, he's won it twice. One of the 5 best Indian Wells players ever. Miami, made the final last year, and came closer to beating Djokovic (won the first set, lost 3rd set tie-breaker) than he did in any of the finals over the past year. Plus he's already made a huge points gain at the Australian Open. So he's ahead of the ball already, so it doesn't need to be lock.
     
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    He should carry it together with Wawrinka:).
     
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    You do know that the only thing Djokovic needs to keep No.1 is do better than Nadal. Besides, Nadal is not a lock for finalist in every tournament with the exception of Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros. That's just three events.
     
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    Nadal will get to any final. Only Djokovic can beat him. And they can't meet before the final...
     
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    Outside of the slams since the French Open, Nadal has lost to the following:
    Tsonga, Dodig, Fish, Murray, Mayer, Federer, Tsonga and Monfils so Nadal isn't exactly a lock for every finals.
     
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    Any player can get to any final, however, that does not mean he is a lock for it.
     
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    Agree to disagree there. No point wasting time an argument that will never change.
     
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    Like it or not, Bullz has a point. Making finals will be the norm for Nadal because he usually gets straightforward draws with no real landmines or guys that can cause him trouble. (There are very few of them anyway, and he mostly somehow manages to avoid them). It also seems like Fed-Nadal in the same half is something that will be a theme for 2012 which again ensures a final spot for Nadal until the USO. Only if Nadal draws Murray, he is not a lock for the final.
    And it is more than clear that there is no way Djoker is defending all his 2011 points. The only factor that can tilt the balance here is Murray if he keeps his head together as he is defending pretty much nothing for a while. Federer , not so much, except for the odd good run here and there.
     
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    Isn't that exactly what I am asking? Why would you create a thread, with the title "Which tennis players have carried the flag for their country at the Olympic Opening?" and then go on bragging about how great Nadal is, because he is going to carry Spain's flag at this year's Olympics? Do you not read the titles of your own threads?
     
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    You are right, I should fit in with every other thread on talk tennis and stay 100% on-topic to the exact word. Sorry I went so far off-topic. Hope you can recover from the frustration I caused you.
     
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    Sorry - that's simply not true. Just doing better than Nadal does not guarantee Noel the number 1 slot - he needs to do better than the field to do that.
     
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    blah, blah. how is more than clear than Novak is not defending his points? you have a crystal ball or something. silly. I don't know if he will but man you are just guessing. He just won another slam (the AO).
     
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    unfortunately, he was injured in 2008 and couldn't participate...
    and in 2004, he got a WC for the olympic tournament, but at the time he was too much of a rookie for bearing the flag for cyprus, i guess...
    (ranked outside of the top 200, but he won a match and took a set from kiefer)
    ... what about this year ? :)

    didn't paradorn srichaphan carry the thai flag at athens in 2004 ?
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    What are you talking about? Djokovic has already failed to defend his points. He won Dubai last year, and lost in the semi-finals this year. It only took 2 events for him to fall behind. While Nadal has already gained, heavily by making the AO final after only making the QF last year.
     
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    Oh, I am not creating threads left and right just to derail them myself and turn them in to another "Nadal is the most amazing human being that ever lived" ode. Talking about frustration and insecurity.

    FYI, your thread WAS somewhat interesting, since tennis was not popular sport at the Olympics not so long ago, and choosing a tennis player to carry the respective national flag is indeed a nod towards the game and the individual players. Your nonsensical approach ruins even good threads.
     
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    I don't like your tone. My ignore list likes you though, bye.
     
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