Serena and Venus Williams have been chosen to extend their unbeaten streak in Olympic doubles when they seek a third gold medal in the event beginning late next month.
Andy Roddick and John Isner were selected for men’s doubles on the US team announced Tuesday.
As expected, the Olympic eligibility of the Williams sisters received final approval from the International Tennis Federation, and they’ll play singles as well as doubles. They’ve never lost in Olympic doubles competition, taking the gold together in 2000 and 2008.
If an American prodigy harbours any hopes of winning a Grand Slam, they will need to have the build of Lebron James, the speed of Chris Johnson, the deep pockets of Donald Trump and a coach with the brains of Richard Williams. Well, according to famed tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, that is.
As a man a month shy of his 81st birthday, Bollettieri has been around long enough to see the good of American tennis (Don Budge winning the Grand Slam in 1938), the bad (a barren spell for the men that is now into its ninth year) and the ugly (the countless Connors-McEnroe on-court spats).
Swifter, higher, stronger — for Wimbledon groundsman Neil Stubley, the Olympic motto is a perfect match for the grass he so lovingly grows.
Just 20 days after the championships end, the players will be back on the hallowed turf of Centre Court and wear and tear are not acceptable words in the vocabulary of the 35-strong team bringing the grass back to a pitch of perfection for the Olympics.