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About the sport

A sport of English origin, Tennis can be played in singles and doubles. The objective is to make the ball bounce more than once in the opponent’s court, using a racket. Tennis was developed on grass courts then came clay and finally synthetic hard surfaces. The court is rectangular, 24 m long and 11 m wide and divided by a net approximately 1 m high. Punctuation divided by sets, which are divided into games, which are divided into points (15, 30, 40).

Tennis was already present at the first Modern Olympic Games in Athens 1896. From 1928 to 1984 it was left out, returning officially in 1988. From 2004 onwards, the tournaments went from points to ATP and QTA rankings (the men and women professional associations). The United States and Great Britain are the countries with the most medals with 17 and 16 respectively.

In the London Olympic Games, tennis distributes five gold medals: singles (men and women), doubles (men and women) and mixed doubles. All of the matches will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, better known as Wimbledon, where the oldest tennis tournament in the world takes place.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Roger FedererRoger FedererCountry:Switzerland

Federer is named as one of the greatest in history, having won 16 Grand Slams in his career. He said the title in London would mean everything in his life.


Serena WilliamsSerena WilliamsCountry: USA

One of the greatest tennis players, 23 Grand Slams winner, she stills dreams of the title at the Olympic Games, despite 30 years and the imminent end of her career.

Nicolás MassúNicolás MassúCountry: Chile

In Athens, the Chilean eliminated the American Mardy Fish in the final. Alongside Fernando Gonzalez, who also won gold in the doubles tournament.


Mary Joe FernandezMary Joe FernandezCountry: USA

Alongside her cousin, Gigi Fernandez, she was two-time champion in doubles in Barcelona and Atlanta. Also in Bracelona, she won the individual bronze.

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