Previously posted on TennisAbides
- Serena Williams adds to her sublime legacy with decisive gold medals in singles and doubles. Serena has career Golden Slams in singles and doubles now. Fodder for a GOAT debate?
- Speed Kills – Andy Murray took a huge step by winning 5 straight sets over Djokovic and Federer en route to a gold medal in singles. Throw in a silver in mixed doubles and Murray has gotten most if not all of the monkey off of his back. A first Grand Slam title could be coming in New York or Melbourne.
- Victoria Azarenka won her first Grand Slam in January. She has added a bronze medal in singles and a gold medal in mixed doubles to her trophy case for 2012.
- Roger Federer finally got a medal in singles after coming so close in 2000. He achieved a career Silver Slam in London. Federer seemed to have a good perspective on his 2nd place showing. Still, the final match reminded me a bit of what Safin and Hewitt did to Sampras in the 2000 and 2001 US Open championship matches.
- Juan Martin del Potro helped put on a match for the ages that demonstrated how much Olympic success means to tennis players. He followed up heartbreak with a win over Djokovic. This piece by Dan Wetzel summed up the match far better than I can.
- Venus Williams could have a great career as a doubles specialist if her illness stymies her singles ambitions.
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic showed heart and nerve in their on court battle. Maybe they should team to face JMDP and Federer in a charity doubles match. Tsonga did pick up a silver in doubles.
- Color did not hurt the atmosphere at Wimbledon.
- Tennis may be huge in Rio, but the shift from grass to clay to hard courts was difficult in 1992.
- Maria Sharapova also achieved a career Silver Slam in singles