Tennis finished in Tokyo 2020 and, with the Gold of the German Alexander Zverev and the Silver of the Russian Karen Khachanov, the podium of this edition was completed. A review in chronological order of all the tennis players who have won a medal in the different Olympic Games since 1988, at which time this sport was included in the program in a professional way.
The podium of the men’s box was headed by the Czech Miloslav Mecir and was accompanied by the American Tim mayotte and the swedish Stefan edberg. For its part, in the female branch was a special edition: the German Steffi graf she was the gold medalist and that allowed her to win the only Golden Slam in history; while Argentina Gabriela sabatini won the silver medal and the Bulgarian Manuela Maleeva, the bronze medal.
Marc rosset gave Switzerland the first of its three gold medals in tennis. Jordi Arrese, from Spain, and Goran Ivanisevic, from Croatia, completed it. The american Jennifer capriati took the gold in women and frustrated the dream of defending the gold to Steffi Graf, who finished second. Third, Mary Joe Fernández, also from the United States.
Andre Agassi, from the United States, broke into this edition and hung the Gold around his neck: For that, he had to beat the Spanish Sergi Bruguera in the final. The bronze one went to Leander Paes, racket from India. In women, Lindsay Davenport gave a new medal to the United States, and was accompanied by the Spanish Arantxa Sánchez and the Czech Jana Novotna.
Russia had its first gold medal from Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who defeated in the decisive match Tommy haas, from Germany. The podium was completed by Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale. In the female branch, Venus Williams defended the Gold for the United States. She was escorted by the Russian Elena Dementieva and the American Monica Seles.
The only golden medal of a Latino was in charge of the Chilean Nicolás Massú, which took out American Mardy Fish in the final. The third? Another from Chile, Fernando González. For its part, Belgian Justine Henin imposed her class to take the glory and left behind the French Amelie Mauresmo and the Australian Alicia Molik.
It was Rafael Nadal’s turn. The Spaniard won Gold at a time when the Big Three was already beginning to gain strength on the circuit. Once again, Fernando González was on the podium, in this edition as a silver medalist, and finally the Serbian Novak Djokovic took the bronze. In women, Elena Dementieva reached the top after beating Dinara Safina, while the third was Vera Zvonareva. The incredible thing is that Russia scored a treble on the podium.
The reign of Andy Murray began: the Briton defeated none other than Roger Federer. In third place, the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro. In turn, Serena Williams reached the only Gold of her career and on the podium she was accompanied by Russian Maria Sharapova and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka.
Again, Andy Murray at the top, but this time after beating Juan Martín del Potro in an exciting final. The tandilense achieved the third medal in tennis for Argentina, while Kei Nishikori took the bronze medal for Japan. From Puerto Rico, Monica Puig surprised Angelique Kerber and took the golden one. Petra Kvitova finished in third place.
Finally, the current edition of the Olympic Games. Alexander Zverev gave Germany the second gold medal in history after beating Russian Karen Khachanov. The Spanish Pablo Carreño finished third and left Djokovic without a medal. In the female branch, Belinda Bencic took Switzerland the third Gold, and was escorted by the Czech Marketa Vondrousova and the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
With the Gold in Tokyo, Alexander Zverev equaled Steffi Graf and closed this edition of tennis singles at the Olympic Games.