Olympic goals fulfilled… | Tennis Threads Journal

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Olympic goals fulfilled… | Tennis Threads Journal



After Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova & Andrey Rublev received the Combined Doubles at Tokyo 2020 by the narrowest of margins, the Olympic Tennis Occasion got here to a detailed on Day 9. Since I used to be a child I used to be watching Olympics on TV, watching the totally different athletes successful a medal, watching winter video games, summer time video games. I used to be not even eager about successful a medal. I hoped that sooner or later I used to be going to compete. Now I’m right here with a gold medal. After that shot, in a single second all this time passing, all of the tears, all of the ache… it’s a launch, you realize. One other degree. Andrei RublevPavlyuchenkova & Rublev saved a match level within the combined doubles last to win the Gold medal after an all-Russian affair by which they outlasted Elena Vesnina & Aslan Karatsev 6-3 6-7(5) [13-11].They claimed 4 wins en path to securing Gold and every of them got here in match tiebreaks.“He [Rublev] all the time says that we’re fortunate. It form of makes me indignant,” Pavlyuchenkova joked afterwards. “After all there was all the time a little bit of luck.“All the things has to return collectively in a puzzle, however I believe in the case of these match tiebreaks, particularly in such tight matches, it’s additionally psychological. I believe we had been preventing like loopy in each match.”Rublev achieved his childhood dream“The sensation was unreal,” admitted Rublev. “[In that moment], you are feeling launch of all of your physique that was coming because you had been a child.“Since I used to be a child I used to be watching Olympics on TV, watching the totally different athletes successful a medal, watching winter video games, summer time video games.“I used to be not even eager about successful a medal. I hoped that sooner or later I used to be going to compete.“Now I’m right here with a gold medal. After that shot, in a single second all this time passing, all of the tears, all of the ache… it’s a launch, you realize. One other degree.” Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo performed host to the Olympic Tennis Occasion in, Japan© Julian Finney/Getty ImagesThe Olympic Tennis Occasion, which completed on Sunday after 9 days of thrilling motion on the Ariake Tennis Park, is a singular event within the sport and is a dream for a lot of gamers.Whereas these Video games had been like none that got here earlier than them, they nonetheless provided athletes from internationally the possibility to symbolize their nations and compete for Olympic glory.The occasion culminated with 5 thrilling Gold Medal matches, with the champions in all 5 tennis occasions successful their first Olympic Gold medals.Tennis returns to Tokyo in simply over 3 weeks’ time, with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Occasion, which can see 104 gamers compete throughout males’s, girls’s and quad wheelchair occasions, operating from Friday 27 August to Saturday 4 September.The competitors has been loved by sports activities followers around the globe, with tens of millions tuning in on TV and following on-line, whereas ITF social media accounts have supplied complete protection of tennis on the Olympics since mid-July, leading to 137 million impressions and 6.5 million engagements.“We had been delighted to see the world’s greatest tennis gamers symbolize their nations in quest of Olympic glory, ITF President David Haggerty mentioned. “As soon as once more, the gamers have proven how a lot competing for an Olympic medal means to them and I wish to congratulate all of the athletes who received medals in Tokyo.“I wish to pay tribute to all of the workers and volunteers who labored so exhausting to make to make the Olympic Tennis Occasion successful, in addition to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee (TOCOG), the federal government of Japan and the IOC.“We’re already wanting ahead to Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Occasion in Tokyo later this month.” Gold medallist Germany’s Alexander Zverev poses along with his medal through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic males’s singles tennis medal ceremony© Tiziana Fabi/AFP by way of Getty ImagesThe ITF has printed among the key numbers and statistics from the occasion:1 – Swiss girl to win Olympic gold in historical past following Belinda Bencic’s victory at Tokyo 20202 – former Youth Olympic Video games medallists who received medals on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Occasion, with Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev turning into the primary tennis gamers to win medals on the Youth Olympics and the Olympics2 – gold medal matches contested by groups from the identical nation, with an all-Croatian males’s doubles last and all-ROC combined doubles final3 – medals received by ROC, probably the most of any nation on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event3 – nations to win medals on the Olympic Tennis Occasion for the primary time: Brazil, New Zealand and Ukraine4 – tennis gamers who carried their nation’s flag on the Opening Ceremony: Veronica Cepede Royg, Petra Kvitova, Yen-Hsun Lu and Jelena Ostapenko4 – match factors saved by Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani within the match tiebreak within the girls’s doubles bronze medal match earlier than defeating Veronika Kudermetova & Elena Vesnina to win Brazil’s first-ever medal in tennis on the Olympics5 – nations to win gold medals on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Occasion: Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, ROC and Switzerland10 – nations to win medals on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Occasion overall13 – nations to contest medal matches on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event29 – gamers who reached medal matches at Tokyo 2020, with Belinda Bencic, Novak Djokovic and Elena Vesnina reaching two medal matches each30 – nations which have received Olympic medals in tennis because the sport returned to returned to the Video games as a full medal sport at Seoul 198833 – years since Germany had received a gold medal in singles, with Alexander Zverev turning into the primary German participant to win Olympic singles gold since Steffi Graf at Seoul 198845 – nations who competed on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event190 – gamers who competed on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event203 – minutes that Marin Cilic’s and Joao Menezes’ males’s singles first spherical match lasted, the longest match on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event208 – matches that had been performed on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Occasion Gold medallist Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic poses together with her medal at Tokyo 2020 after defeating Marketa Vondrousova within the last© Tiziana Fabi/AFP by way of Getty Photos



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