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11 insane tennis stats from the Olympics

Aug 16, 2016
written by: Rob Cianfarani
written by: Rob Cianfarani
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Buckle up kids, it’s been a wild one.

The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, more commonly known as Rio 2016, are the 301st Olympic Games. Some people say that tennis doesn’t belong at the Olympics, that it’s not ‘real tennis’. Well… we disagree. This tournament has been one of the most exciting parts of the year, hands down. What happened that was so exciting, you ask? Let’s find out.

Here are 11 crazy figures that came out of tennis at Rio 2016.

1. Andrew Murray, Olympic GOAT

Andy becomes the first tennis player, male or female, to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in singles competition. He won’t ever win the most Grand Slams or become the GOAT, but consider this: He has two singles golds – Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic only have one COMBINED. Jamie knows what’s good.

2. MoniGOD PuiGOAT (h/t @lyrapappin and @jddtennis)

Monica Puig, ranked 35th in the world, beat world No. 2 Angelique Kerber to win her second (EVER) title and the gold medal in women’s singles. She became the first Puerto Rican woman to win an Olympic medal when she beat Petra Kvitova in the SFs, and for bragging rights, became the first Puerto Rican PERIOD to win gold.

Also, lol.

3. Re-Juan-venation? Juan-surgence?

After what seems like a billion wrist surgeries, Juan Martin Del Potro defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on his journey to the silver medal. And now he’s received a wild card to the US Open, so keep your eyes on dark horse DelPo.

4. Marathon? Naw, just a tennis match.

The men’s singles gold medal match went four hours and five minutes. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya won gold for the women’s marathon in two hours and 24 minutes. The men’s marathon is scheduled for this Sunday and should take just over two hours. Who said marathons were hard? 😀 But in all seriousness, they were tired.

5. First time for everything

This was the first tournament that Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin Del Potro, Kei Nishikori, and Andy Murray were the final four. No Roger, no Novak. Mind blown.

6. The Curse of the No. 1 seed

Of the five tennis events, four (!) of the No. 1 seeds were ousted in the first round. Serena Williams, first seed in women’s singles, was the only one to win a match.

7. Genie for your thoughts?

After getting some solid wins and doing some solid Snapchatting, Genie Bouchard rocketed to number two in Canadian social ranking.

olympic twitter rankings

8. Jack of all trades

Jack Sock was the only tennis player to win more than one medal, bronze in men’s doubles and gold in mixed doubles.

9. LocKEIng up the bronze

Kei Nishikori is the first Japanese tennis player to win a medal at the Olympics since 1920.

10. German renaissance

Angelique Kerber won the silver medal in Rio, becoming the first German woman to win a medal since Steffi Graf in 1992.

11. Missing him

This pic is taken at Cincinnati, but it DEF still applied to the Olympics.

Can’t wait for 2020.