Just three weeks after the end of this year’s Wimbledon, the All England Club will open its doors again for the Olympic tennis events.
The big guns will be out in force for the men’s singles event, with newly installed world number one Roger Federer looking to continue his momentous form on grass for Switzerland, having won Wimbledon for the joint record seventh time this year. Serbian Novak Djokovic, the man he knocked off top spot when he beat him in the semi-final of that tournament will be looking for a quick response, and the 2008 Gold medal winner, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, will be fancying his chances of repeating his feat or at least picking up a medal for his country.
Outside of the big three, Britain’s Andy Murray, fresh off his first ever Wimbledon final, will be looking to do his part for Team GB, while France’s Jo-Wilfred Tsonga will also be among those in the reckoning for honours.
Overall, the men’s singles tournament comprises the top 64 players, barring a few exceptions due to injury or other eligibility criteria, in the world as per the ATP World Rankings on 11 June, with the top sixteen players seeded according to their ranking at that time. This gives Djokovic the number one seed based on his ranking at the time.
The main difference between Wimbledon and the Olympic tennis is the three set factor. While men’s tournaments are contested as best-of-five in Grand Slam events, the Olympics is the shorter best-of-three (except for the final), meaning less margin for error for the top players and a slightly more unpredictable element to the matches.
Stay tuned and watch this space for more information and predictions when the draw is announced.