Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick could bring gold to United States
Serena Williams is the most ferocious competitor for the gold at the 2012 London Olympics. With Venus Williams backing her on and off the court, the United States teams are already expected to win the gold medal in the Women’s Olympic events.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams have made huge impact at the Olympics and Wimbledon in the last decade. The two players have gathered a lot of fame and fortune in the name of United States. However, few know about the success of men at these tournaments.
For instance, Andy Roddick has been a real force of nature at the Olympics and Wimbledon in the past. Andy Roddick has been a Wimbledon finalist three times in history. Luckily for him the Olympic tennis events are being held at the Wimbledon this year.
“I certainly wasn't disappointed when London won the Games here, and it looked like it would be played here at Wimbledon on grass,” Andy Roddick told reporters in a news conference on Tuesday after he landed in London.
“I know there were a couple of clay-court venues in the mix for tennis, which I probably wouldn't have liked as much. So I think our team generally likes the grass a little bit, so it fits well.”
Andy Roddick also talked about the stress of playing professional tennis. The US tennis star admitted experiencing exhaustion because of his tight schedule, but he didn’t confess to diminishing enthusiasm for the Olympics.
“As tennis players, were kind of accustomed to playing week after week and month after month,” Andy Roddick said. “It's a packed schedule, but it's also full of important events and ones that we're lucky to be able to play in.”
Serena and Venus Williams were also present at the news conference following a late arrival by the United States team, who had apparently been caught up in London traffic. Twin brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who will play represent United States in the men’s doubles event at the Olympics couldn’t make it to the news conference as they were denied entry to the Main Press Center. Apparently their credentials hadn’t been validated yet.
The Williams sisters are expected to represent United States in the quest for Olympic gold in the women’s doubles event. If Serena Williams and Venus Williams team up they have the chance of making history. The Williams sisters have already won the doubles event twice at the Olympics.
“When we first heard about mixed, we want to plays for all three (golds),” Venus Williams said. “But we knew that we would have to be at optimum fitness level to do go. At the end of the day, it's really up to what our team captains want and being realistic and see who has the best chance to win.”