Olympic Games - Tennis

Will one player be able to take the grand slam and the Olympic Gold at Wimbledon?

Wimbledon will host two major tennis tournaments in 2012. The Wimbledon Championships run through to the beginning of July and the Olympic tennis events begin on the 28th of the same month.

There are five competitions in the Olympic tennis programme:

  • Men's singles.
  • Women's singles.
  • Men's doubles.
  • Women's doubles.
  • Mixed doubles.

Check the forecast for all the Olympic tennis matches at Wimbledon.

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28 July - 5 August - Check the Wimbledon weather forecast to see if the roof will be needed on Centre Court for the Olympic Games.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Raphael Nadal claimed the Gold medal in the men's singles event while in the women's singles competition Russia swept up all three medals. Elena Dementieva took Gold over Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva beat Li Na of China to take Bronze.

At the 1908 London Olympics, Great Britain dominated the tennis medals. Taking Gold and Bronze in the men's singles event and claiming all three medals in the women's singles. The last medal Team GB won in a tennis tournament at the Olympics was at the Atlanta games in 1996 when Tim Henman and Neil Broad took Silver in the men's doubles event.

Wimbledon and the weather

In 2009, Wimbledon introduced a retractable roof on Centre Court to allow play to continue in adverse weather conditions and to keep the Championship on schedule.

In previous years, the Wimbledon Championship has been so badly affected by the weather the tournament has gone into a third week. The referee makes the decision on when to cover the courts. The sooner a court is covered, the quicker the court will dry and play can resume.

You can check the weather forecast for other events through the Events Calendar.

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