Top tennis stories to watch in Rio
The tennis competitions at the Rio Games will feature hundreds of storylines, but these five are the most exciting.
Serena and Venus go for fourth doubles gold
Serena and Venus Williams both have more Olympic gold medals than any other tennis player ever, with four a piece. For both of them, three of those gold medals were earned together playing doubles: They won as a team in 2000, 2008 and 2012.
The sisters, both in their mid-30s, just won the doubles competition at Wimbledon 2016. All signs point to an historic fourth doubles gold at Rio 2016.
Nadal and Muguruza team up for mixed doubles
They’re the two of the best Spanish tennis players, but they haven’t had the opportunity to team up – until the Rio Games.
Rafael Nadal, 30, has won 14 Grand Slam titles, and was the World No. 1 for 141 nonconsecutive weeks. In 2008, he won gold in men's singles at the Beijing Games. The current World No. 4 withdrew from the French Open and Wimbledon this year due a debilitating wrist injury, Nadal has made Rio a priority - and will even serve as his country's flag bearer in the Opening Ceremony.
Garbine Muguruza, 24, will make her Olympic debut at the Rio Games. She won her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open this past June and is currently ranked World No. 3.
With Roger Federer out of the Olympics - leaving the much-anticipated mixed team of Federer-Hingis unrealized - this may be the duo to beat in mixed doubles.
Serena goes for second singles gold
Serena Williams has only won gold medals at the Olympics: Three in doubles (2000, 2008, 2012), and one in singles (2012). No tennis player – male or female – has ever won back-to-back gold medals in singles.
Though she lost in the Australian Open and French Open finals, Serena won at Wimbledon. According to the Women’s Tennis Association rankings, she’s still the World No. 1 female tennis player by a fairly significant margin. She’ll almost certainly be seeded first at the Rio Games.
There’s a good chance Serena will earn another singles gold medal in Rio. It wouldn’t be the first time she’s made sports history.
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