Tennis is one of the few games that develop force, dexterity, and flexibility. To play tennis well, one must think over tactics and strategy of the behavior of the court. You not only have to think about your tactics but also the tactics of your opponent. People of all ages and social statuses play tennis. In some countries, tennis is included in the physical education programs of schools and universities.
Tennis was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1896.
One of the first Olympic tennis medalists in Athens 1896, in the singles category was from Great Britain. His name was John Boland. In the pair category, John Boland and his partner from Germany, Fredrick Traun won a gold medal. John Boland was an Olympic tennis medalist, but he was practically beaten twice. Before the Games, started, he came to Greece to stay with a friend for awhile, and he ended up competing in the Games to everyone's surprise. Boland got to compete in the pair's category surprisingly too. The partner of Traun was sick, so Boland played instead of him. So without planning it, John Boland became the first Olympic tennis medalist.
In 1900, women came to Olympic tennis. They joined the struggle very actively. The first Olympic tennis medalist appears to be a woman named Shelia Cooper and she was from England. Cooper became the first woman to receive a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Before participating in the Olympic Games, Cooper had won two tournaments at Wimbledon.
Until 1924, tennis had existed safely in the Olympic Games. However, in later years, there was a crisis in the world of professional tennis. Tennis, as a sport was dropped from the program of the Olympic Games. The motivation was that the games of both professional tennis players and regular tennis players for fans became not recognizable.
In 1988, tennis once again became a full participating sport in the Olympic Games in Seoul Korea. This year' Olympic tennis medalists were Mysoslav Merivich and Stephie Graff. In years to come, in the opinion of the experts, tennis began to blossom as a professional sport. During this time Olympic Tennis medalists were Mark Rosse and Andre Agassi for men and Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport for women in the singles category.
The 2000 Olympics became the triumph of the Russian tennis players because they became Olympic tennis medalists of the 2000 Olympic Games. The men had Eugenie Kafelnikov, and the women had Elena Dementjava, who won a silver medal. The gold medal went to American Serena Williams. At the last Olympic Games, Chinese women had Ly Tinn, and Sunn Tan. Tan became one of the Olympic tennis medalists in Athens 2004 in the pair's category. Chinese sportsmen have not only shown the endurance and professionalism, but also built a perfect tactical strategy lines.
In the opinion of many experts, it can become the triumph of the Chinese Olympic team, though most countries that participate in the Olympic Games voluntarily don't refuse the superiority. The struggle for superiority is common because of the forecast of the sports experts. Tennis, in particular will be intense and sharp.