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When Irishman John Boland traveled to Athens for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, he had no idea he would return home with the gold medal in tennis. But then, he had no idea he would compete either - he went as a spectator.

Times have changed dramatically for Olympic tennis since then. Today's Olympic tennis players include some of the highest-profile athletes in the world. Accustomed to five-star hotels and high-stakes prize money, at the Olympic Games they will bunk in the Olympic Village and compete for nothing but a gold medal.

Tennis was dropped from the Olympic program 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.

Tennis: Olympic Gold Medalists

Men's Singles
1988  Miloslav Mecir  Czechoslovakia
1992  Marc Rosset  Switzerland
1996  Andre Agassi  United States
2000  Yevgeny Kafelnikov  Russia
2004  Nicolas Massu  Chile

Men's Doubles
1988  Ken Flack and Robert Seguso  United States
1992  Boris Becker and Michael Stich  Germany
1996  Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde  Australia
2000  Sebastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor  Canada
2004  Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu  Chile

Women's Singles
1988  Steffi Graf  West Germany
1992  Jennifer Capriati  United States
1996  Lindsay Davenport  United States
2000  Venus Williams  United States
2004  Justine Henin-Hardenne  Belgium

Women's Doubles
1988  Pam Shriver and Zina Garrison  United States
1992  Gigi Fernandez and Mary Joe Fernandez  United States
1996  Gigi Fernandez and Mary Joe Fernandez  United States
2000  Serena Williams and Venus Williams  United States
2004  Li Ting and Sun Tiantian  China

Since tennis was reinstated as a medal sport in 1988, twenty Gold Medals have been won nine of which were claimed by athletes from the United States. During the same period, the United States collected two Silver Medals and four Bronze Medals for a total medal count of fifteen out of a possible sixty medals (25%).

USA = 15           CRO = 3                    SUI = 1
ESP = 9            SWE = 2                    BUL = 1
GER = 7            RUS = 2                    NED = 1
AUS = 5            FRA = 2                    GBR = 1
CZE = 5            BEL = 2                    IND = 1
ARG = 3            CAN = 1
CHI = 3            RSA = 1
Total USA medal count (for all Olympic years) is thirty one of one hundred fifty six (20%)


Olympic Medalists

Men’s Singles
Games Gold Silver Bronze
1896 Athens
Gold:  John Pius Boland (GBR)
Silver: Dionysios Kasdaglis (GRE)
Bronze: Momcsilló Tapavicza (HUN)
 Konstantinos Paspatis (GRE)
1900 Paris
G: Lawrence Doherty (GBR)
S: Harold Mahoney (GBR)
B: Reginald Doherty (GBR)   Arthur Norris (GBR)

1904 St. Louis
G: Beals Wright (USA)
S: Robert LeRoy (USA)
B: Alphonzo Bell (USA)   Edgar Leonard (USA)

1908 London
G: Josiah Ritchie (GBR)
S: Otto Froitzheim (GER)
B: Wilberforce Eaves (GBR)

1912 Stockholm
G: Charles Winslow (RSA)
S: Harold Kitson (RSA)
B: Oscar Kreuzer (GER)

1920 Antwerp
G: Louis Raymond (RSA)
S: Ichiya Kumagae (JPN)
B: Charles Winslow (RSA)

1924 Paris
G: Vincent Richards (USA)
S: Henri Cochet (FRA)
B: Umberto De Morpurgo (ITA)

1928-1984 not included in the Olympic program

1988 Seoul
G: Miloslav Mecír (TCH)
S: Tim Mayotte (USA)
B: Stefan Edberg (SWE)   Brad Gilbert (USA)

1992 Barcelona
G: Marc Rosset (SUI)
S: Jordi Arrese (ESP)
B: Andrei Cherkasov (EUN)   Goran Ivaniševic (CRO)

1996 Atlanta
G: Andre Agassi (USA)
S: Sergi Bruguera (ESP)
B: Leander Paes (IND)

2000 Sydney
G: Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS)
S: Tommy Haas (GER)
B: Arnaud di Pasquale (FRA)

2004 Athens
G: Nicolás Massú (CHI)
S: Mardy Fish (USA)
B: Fernando González (CHI)

Men’s Doubles

1896 Athens
G: John Pius Boland (GBR) and Friedrich Traun (GER)
S: Demetrios Petrokokkinos and Dionysios Kasdaglis (GRE)
B: Teddy Flack (AUS) and George S. Robertson (GBR)

1900 Paris
G: Hugh Doherty and Reginald Doherty (GBR)
S: Max Décugis (FRA) and Basil de Garmendia (USA)
B: Georges de la Chapelle and André Prevost (FRA)   Harold Mahoney and Arthur Norris (GBR)

1904 St. Louis
G: Edgar Leonard and Beals Wright (USA)
S: Alphonzo Bell and Robert LeRoy (USA)
B: Joseph Wear and Allen West (USA)   Clarence Gamble and Arthur Wear (USA)

1908 London
G: George Hillyard and Reginald Doherty (GBR)
S: Josiah Ritchie and James Parke (GBR)
B: Clement Cazalet and Charles Dixon (GBR)

1912 Stockholm
G: Harry Kitson and Charles Winslow (RSA)
S: Arthur Zborzil and Fritz Pipes (AUT)
B: Albert Canet and Edouard Meny de Marangue (FRA)

1920 Antwerp
G: Oswald Turnbull and Maxwell Woosnam (GBR)
S: Ichiya Kumagae and Seiichiro Kashio (JPN)
B: Max Décugis and Pierre Albarran (FRA)

1924 Paris
G: Vincent Richards and Francis Hunter US Hunter (USA)
S: Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet FRA Cochet (FRA)
B: Jean Borotra and René Lacoste (FRA)

1928-1984 not included in the Olympic program

1988 Seoul
G: Ken Flach and Robert Seguso (USA)
S: Emilio Sánchez and Sergio Casal (ESP)
B  Miloslav Mecír and Milan Srejber (TCH)   Stefan Edberg and Anders Jarryd (SWE)

1992 Barcelona
G: Boris Becker and Michael Stich (GER)
S: Wayne Ferreira and Piet Norval (RSA)
B: Javier Frana and Christian Miniussi (ARG)   Goran Ivaniševic and Goran Prpic (CRO)

1996 Atlanta
G: Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde (AUS)
S: Neil Broad and Tim Henman (GBR)
B: Marc-Kevin Goellner and David Prinosil (GER)

2000 Sydney
G: Sebastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor (CAN)
S: Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde (AUS)
B: Alex Corretja and Albert Costa (ESP)

2004 Athens
G: Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu (CHI)
S: Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler (GER)
B: Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

Women's Singles

1900 Paris
Gold: Charlotte Cooper (GBR)
Silver: Hélène Prévost (FRA)
Bronze: Marion Jones (USA) Hedwiga Rosenbaumová (BOH)

1904 St. Louis not included in the Olympic program

1908 London
G: Dorothea Douglass Chambers (GBR)
S: Dora Boothby (GBR)
B: Joan Winch (GBR)

1912 Stockholm
G: Marguerite Broquedis (FRA)
S: Dorothea Köring (GER)
B: Molla Bjurstedt (NOR)

1920 Antwerp
G: Suzanne Lenglen (FRA)
S: Edith Holman (GBR)
B: Kitty McKane (GBR)

1924 Paris
G: Helen Wills (USA)
S: Julie Vlasto (FRA)
B: Kitty McKane (GBR)
1928-1984 not included in the Olympic program

1988 Seoul
G: Steffi Graf (FRG)
S: Gabriela Sabatini (ARG)
B: Zina Garrison (USA)   Manuela Maleeva (BUL)

1992 Barcelona
G: Jennifer Capriati (USA)
S: Steffi Graf (GER)
B: Mary Joe Fernández (USA)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)

1996 Atlanta
G: Lindsay Davenport (USA)
S: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)
B: Jana Novotná (CZE)

2000 Sydney
G: Venus Williams (USA)
S  Elena Dementieva (RUS)
B: Monica Seles (USA)

2004 Athens
G: Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
S: Amélie Mauresmo (FRA)
B: Alicia Molik (AUS)

Indoor Women’s Singles

1908 London
G: Gwendoline Eastlake-Smith (GBR)
s: Angela Greene (GBR)
B: Märtha Adlerstråhle (SWE)

1912 Stockholm
G: Edith Hannam (GBR)
S: Thora Castenschiold (DEN)
B: Mabel Parton (GBR)
Women’s Doubles

1920 Antwerp
G: Margaret McNair and Kitty McKane (GBR)
S: Winifred Beamish and Edith Holman (GBR)
B: Suzanne Lenglen and Elisabeth d'Ayen (FRA)

1924 Paris
G: Hazel Wightman and Helen Wills (USA)
S: Phyllis Covell and Kitty McKane (GBR)
B: Dorothy Shepherd-Barron and Evelyn Colyer (GBR)
1928-1984 not included in the Olympic program

1988 Seoul
G: Pam Shriver and Zina Garrison (USA)
S: Jana Novotná and Helena Sukova (TCH)
B: Elizabeth Smylie and Wendy Turnbull (AUS)

1992 Barcelona
G: Gigi Fernández and Mary Joe Fernández (USA)
S: Conchita Martínez and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)
B: Rachel McQuillan and Nicole Bradtke (AUS)

1996 Atlanta
G: Gigi Fernández and Mary Joe Fernández (USA)
S: Jana Novotná and Helena Suková (CZE)
B: Conchita Martínez and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)
2000 Sydney
G: Serena Williams and Venus Williams (USA)
S: Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans (NED)
B: Els Callens and Dominique Van Roost (BEL)

2004 Athens
G: Li Ting and Sun Tiantian (CHN)
S: Conchita Martínez and Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)
B: Paola Suárez and Patricia Tarabini (ARG)

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