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.
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.
Double Gold Medalist @andy_murray Extraterrestrial. Raised by a family in Dunblane, Scotland.
— Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) August 15, 2016
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.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 14, 2016
— ceof (@clarisaof) August 13, 2016
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.
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.
Hug GOAT pic.twitter.com/ZfB26Fd7N1
— Amy Fetherolf (@AmyFetherolf) August 15, 2016
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.
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.
After getting some solid wins and doing some solid Snapchatting, Genie Bouchard rocketed to number two in Canadian social ranking.
Jack Sock was the only tennis player to win more than one medal, bronze in men’s doubles and gold in mixed doubles.
Kei Nishikori is the first Japanese tennis player to win a medal at the Olympics since 1920.
Angelique Kerber won the silver medal in Rio, becoming the first German woman to win a medal since Steffi Graf in 1992.
This pic is taken at Cincinnati, but it DEF still applied to the Olympics.
— W&S Open (@CincyTennis) August 14, 2016
Can’t wait for 2020.
— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) August 14, 2016