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17 days before the start of the Olympics

21.07.2008 | Tennis

Just 17 days to go until the Olympics in Beijing. With the participation of 17 of the top 20 men and 18 of the top 20 women, the 2008 Olympic tennis tournament will certainly be an event not to be missed from 10 to 17 August on the courts of the new Olympic Tennis Centre in Beijing.


Roger will lead the strongest field ever to enter the Olympic tennis event since tennis returned as a full medal sport in Seoul in 1988. All five of the top men will compete in Beijing, and seven of the top ten women.


Tennis is an Olympic sport since the first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece in 1896. Tennis was dropped from the Olympic programme after 1924 amid turmoil over such issues as where to draw the line between amateurism and professionalism, and it didn't return as a medal sport until 1988. Today, Olympic competition includes men's and women's singles and men's and women's doubles.


The Olympic Green Tennis Court is one of the new venues in Beijing. The flower-shaped Tennis Center is meticulously designed for natural ventilation to ensure the quality of the competitions for athletes and spectators.The venue has a capacity of 17400 seats, including 10000 seats in the main court. This year, the Olympic tennis and Paralympic wheelchair tennis competitions will be held at the Center.


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07/24/2008 | 04:40 AM
***Tilou - I'm so sorry you won't see Roger in singles, but there's still the doubles match coming up against Dlouhy/Paes. ***JSM is right, who will cheer for poor Djerko?

Well, there's some consolation that there are many players left in the draw who
07/24/2008 | 04:38 AM
Can't believe the unforced errors on the forehand that Roger made today...cost him the match against Simon..but Simon was high on confidence himself..a bit disappointed that Rog
lost so early in Toronto but being a true Roger fan, I can only ask him to d
07/24/2008 | 04:34 AM
I SWEAR, if anybody starts talking about how Nadal pulled through his second round match and Roger didn't, I will SCREAM! Nadal played #123 in the world, and Simon is #22 and has come in with so much confidence after his Indy win.

I HATE the media. Th
07/24/2008 | 04:34 AM
-brilliandroger, p20,

Such a wonderful words by Leonaldo da Vinci. Thank you.

Yes, Roger needs rest.
07/24/2008 | 04:32 AM
"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and propo
07/24/2008 | 04:32 AM

It’s just my theory. But I think Roger is still under the effect of ‘mono’. His FH errors are the thing we never saw so often before Australian Open. I read recently in an internet site, I cannot remember where exactly, but there are quite a fe
07/24/2008 | 04:29 AM
***Dear Tilou
I'm very sorry that you will not be able to watch Rog play singles, but doubles perhaps? And maybe you can even meet him or shout out something sweet and encouraging when he's close by. My sympathies.
07/24/2008 | 04:27 AM
Don't know what to say....I'm really sad, he didn't deserve to win, as i said he was playing shit...hope he get better before US Open...
07/24/2008 | 04:24 AM
Sweet Roger,

I am so,so sorry. Please, please take care of yourself. Take some time to relax and regroup before Cinncinati. Mirka will comfort you and help you through this difficult loss. I hope you received the Red Envelope by now. Reading fan's
07/24/2008 | 04:24 AM
where is our Roger???