Mix Doubles Tennis at the 2012 London Olympic Games?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is thinking about the inclusion of mixed doubles in tennis for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The International Tennis Federation is proposing mixed doubles events for London. Tennis already has men’s and women’s singles and doubles events in the Olympics.
In August, the IOC said it wanted guarantees that top players in singles would be able to participate in mixed doubles but Outside of the Olympics or Grand Slams events the top singles players rarely play doubles or mixed doubles.
The IOC is unlikely to approve mixed doubles unless it is convinced the event will have a world-class field.
“There are still operational issues we are trying to address,” ITF executive vice president Juan Margets said. “We are working on a model that would allow (players) to play doubles without increasing the maximum number of athletes, by using the players already on site for singles.”
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