The 2012 Olympic tennis tournament has a bit more lustre than those at past Olympics. The host ground is the All-England Club in Wimbledon. For those who failed that that very venue just two weeks ago (Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova etc.) it is a second chance. For the two greatest players of the past 10 years (Roger Federer and Serena Williams), it is a rare chance to win two major events in one season at the most famous tennis club in the world.
Canada has a few medal hopefuls in tennis. The best chance for a medal likely comes in mixed doubles, which is making its Olympic debut. Daniel Nestor will play with a to-be-confirmed partner. Nestor is the top ranked doubles player in the world. He is also a contender in men’s doubles, where he is paired with Vasek Pospisil. The Canadian duo are considered somewhat of a wildcard considering Nestor doesn’t have another top Canadian doubles player to play with. He did win the 2000 Olympic gold medal in similar circumstances though.
Milos Raonic is widely regarded as one of the best young tennis players in the world. Most analysts agree it is only a matter of time before he wins a major event. It would be quite a surprise if he breaks through for that win at the Olympics though. Tennis is a sport that can lend itself to Olympic surprises though. Who would have thought the podium in 2004 would be Nicolas Massu, Mardy Fish and Fernando Gonzalez? It was a major breakthrough for Gonzalez, while Massu fell back into obscurity. Fish would also go back under the radar until breaking into the world’s elite last season.
As a result of a higher profile of Olympic tennis from Wimbledon, coverage on the Canadian Broadcast Consortium has also increased over how much tennis CBC has showed at past Olympics. Tennis will take place over the first eight days of the Games. CTV, TSN or Sportsnet will show coverage every day. NBC will also broadcast the singles finals. Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.
Saturday 7/28, 5:15-7:00pm – Early Round Highlights – CTV
Sunday 7/29, 8:40-10:45am – Early Rounds: Day 2 – SN
Monday 7/30, 9:00-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 3 – CTV
Monday 7/30, 5:15-7:00pm – Early Round Highlights – CTV
Tuesday 7/31, 9:00-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 4 – CTV
Tuesday 7/31, 11:45am-3:30pm – Early Rounds: Day 4 – OLN
Wednesday 8/1, 9:10-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 5 – CTV
Wednesday 8/1, 5:00-6:00pm – Early Round Highlights – SN
Thursday 8/2, 9:00-11:00am – Men’s or Women’s Quarterfinal – CTV
Friday 8/3, 10:00am-12:50pm – Men’s & Women’s Semifinals – TSN
Saturday 8/4, 10:00am-12:00pm – Women’s Singles Final – NBC
Saturday 8/4, 1:00-3:30pm – Men’s Doubles Final – CTV
Sunday 8/5, 8:00-10:00am – Men’s Singles Bronze Match – OLN
Sunday 8/5, 10:00am-1:00pm – Men’s Singles Final – TSN, NBC