Tennis was part of the Olympic Games from the inaugural edition in 1896. But, the IOC scrapped it after the 1924 edition because of a dispute between the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the International Olympic Committee over the definition of amateur players. The sport was restarted in the 1988 summer Olympics and has featured in every edition of the tournament since then.
Although the tennis event at the Olympics has been concluded, bettors can look forward to the upcoming Masters’ events. If you want to get accurate betting trends, reading up on the betting markets is a good place to start. The latest information sites are available to the public.
● Alexander Zverev
The German sensation was born on the 20th of April 1997 in Hamburg. Presently, he is ranked third on the ATP rankings. He has maintained the top 10 positions for the last four years – a performance that makes him a punter’s favorite on betting sites Ireland.
Before his Olympics achievement, Zverev is the only tennis player outside the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic with four ATP Masters titles. He became a professional in 2013 at the age of fifteen years.
Zverev’s parents were both professional tennis players for the Soviet Union. His favorite hand is the right with an excellent service that can reach the speed of 220 km/h. After winning the gold medal in this year’s Olympics, he is the second player in the top five since Nadal in 2008.
● Andrea Agassi
The American tennis legend needs no introduction. Agassi was born on 29th April 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Agassi becomes a professional in 1986 and retired in 2006. Besides his Olympic gold medal, he has 60 career titles.
On the 10th of April 1995, Agassi was ranked No. 1 tennis player by the ATP. He was the first male player in the open era to win four Australian Open titles. This record was broken by Djokovic and Federer in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
In the Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia, Agassi achieved what many expected by gifting the United States the gold medal in the tennis event. Although he has long retired, some of his records haven’t been broken.
● Venus Starr Williams
This America great was born on 17th June 1980. She was formerly ranked No. 1 female tennis player globally in both singles and doubles categories. Her accomplishments cement her place as one of the greatest players in the female tennis courts alongside Serena Williams (more on her later).
Originally from Nigeria, both Williams sisters represent the United States at all tennis events. She became a professional in October 1994 at the age of fourteen years. Venus has 22 WTA titles. Her first Olympic gold medal came in the singles category of the tennis event held in Sydney in 2000.
Later, she collected the gold medal in the doubles category at the same Olympics. Also, she won the gold medal in the doubles event in 2008, 2012. Then, a silver medal at the 2016 edition for mixed doubles.
Alongside her sister, they are the most decorated tennis players at the Olympics with four gold medals.
● Serena Williams
The youngest of the Williams sisters, Serena is a household name in tennis. She is a former world No.1 in the singles category of women tennis.
She was born on 26th September 1981 in Michigan, USA. Her professional debut came in October 1995, at the age of fourteen years. Serena got her first Olympic gold medal in the doubles event of the Sydney 2000 tournament. In 2008, and 2012 editions, she won gold in the doubles event. Her only Olympic tennis singles gold came in 2012.
Besides her accomplishments at the Olympics, she has many other records. Serena holds the record for the most matches won at women singles category 365 games). Also, she is the only tennis player, male or female, to win three or four grand slam titles at least six times. With 23 grand slam singles titles, she is the most decorated female player in the open era.
Furthermore, the Williams sisters are unbeaten in the grand slam doubles finals.
● Andy Murray
Sir Andrew Murray OBE was born in May 1987. He is a professional male tennis player from Scotland. Formerly ranked No.1 for 41 weeks by the ATP, he is the best British tennis player for the past two decades.
Since his professional debut in 2005, Murray has won three grand slam titles in the singles category. Also, he has reached eleven finals during this period. Murray is the first player to win two consecutive singles gold medals in the Olympics tennis event in 2012 and 2016.
Also, he won a silver medal in the mixed doubles event at London 2012 Olympics tournament. Alongside the Olympic gold medals, Murray has other personal records. He is the youngest player from Britain to participate in the Davis Cup. Also, the first British player to reach a major final (US Open) in 2008 since 1997.
● Rafael Nadal
Here is another tennis legend that needs no introduction. Naval has won everything a tennis player can participate in during his career. Born in 1986 in Spain, he is currently ranked No. 3 by the ATP. Formerly, Nadal was ranked No. 1 for 209 weeks.
He is behind Roger Federer in the total number of titles won by a tennis player with 88 to Federer’s 101 career total. Nadal became a professional in 2001 and was coached by his uncle from 2005 to 2017. He won his Olympic singles gold at the Beijing Games in 2008. In the 2016 games, he won gold in the doubles event.
That rounds up our list of tennis gold medalists at the Olympics. Zverev’s triumph a few days ago has put Germany on the heat map of global tennis, and the race is just gearing up with youngsters likeBerrettini and Medvedev on the rise as well. You can find more information on tennis legends and new stars on this page.