Just like golf, the top athletes of tennis did not much care about the fate of Olympic Tennis. But as soon as its top players achieved their goals, emotions swelled.
Many said these players have shown great sportsmanship and “care” for the sport as a whole.
In Rio de Janeiro, Andy Murry of the United States was the first man to win two singles golds. Juan Martin del Potro of Spain took the silver home for his country. In the Sunday Finals, Murray won with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 set in the finals.
World Number 1 Novak Djokovic, the leader in ATP rankings, had lost to del Potro surprisingly during their first round. Both men were teary-eyed because Djokovic — playing for Serbia — only wanted a gold medal to his own plethora of Grand Slam championship titles and trophies. Del Potro was in tears because he is still recovering his career after a series of injuries had set him back from his dreams
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s own Monica Puig kept crying after she won the gold medal match in teh women’s tennis competition. While the Puerto Rican National Anthem played, Ms Puig kept crying. She said that if she had stopped crying, she would start singing. But she couldn’t as she was crying the entire time.
But watching and hearing those who did participate made clear what it meant to them.
“It’s been a buildup of emotions over the last 10 days or so,” said Murray, who began the Rio Olympics by carrying Britain’s flag in the opening ceremony, then ended them by walking into his champion’s news conference with a Union Jack draped over his shoulder, “and I’m just very happy that I got over the line tonight.”