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LONDON 25 Jun – 8 Jul 2012 Wimbledon tennis championships – a warm up
Because the Olympic tennis tournament will be held just three weeks later at the same facility, the 2012 premier championship in w

June 25, 2012 - NULL

LONDON 25 Jun - 8 Jul 2012 Wimbledon tennis championships - a warm up
Because the Olympic tennis tournament will be held just three weeks later at the same facility, the 2012 premier championship in world tennis, Wimbledon, could seems like a mere warm-up. On center court, which turns 90 in 2012, Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova will attempt to hold on to their 2011 Wimbledon titles. Three weeks later, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club courts could look and sound very different.

The courts of London SW19 could resound with "We Are the Champions" by Queen or Tina

LONDON 25 Jun - 8 Jul 2012 Wimbledon tennis championships - a warm up
Because the Olympic tennis tournament will be held just three weeks later at the same facility, the 2012 premier championship in world tennis, Wimbledon, could seems like a mere warm-up. On center court, which turns 90 in 2012, Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova will attempt to hold on to their 2011 Wimbledon titles. Three weeks later, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club courts could look and sound very different.

The courts of London SW19 could resound with "We Are the Champions" by Queen or Tina Turner's "Simply the Best," according to the Guardian newspaper, instead of polite clapping and encouragement to the players, and the competition livery will be in bright Olympic colors and not Wimbledon's sober bottle green.

London has hosted the Olympics twice before in 1908 and 1948, with tennis being played at Wimbledon at the 1908 Games. The tennis authorities decided to part company with the Olympic movement after the 1924 Paris Games, so the sport didn't feature the next time it came around in 1948 for the Olympiad at the White City. Tennis made its return into the Olympic movement during the 1980s and was welcomed back as a full Olympic sport - rather than a demonstration one - at the Seoul Games of 1988.

Many of the same tennis stars could be playing in both tournaments. At Beijing in 2008, Rafael Nadal won the men's Singles, and Serena and Venus Williams sisters triumphed in the women's Doubles. (WRITTEN FEB 2012)

RELATED READING:

Olympics 2012 ponders allowing rousing music at Wimbledon (Guardian 26 Jun 2011)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/jun/26/olympics-2012-rousing-music-wimbledon

Wimbledon championship web
http://www.wimbledon.com/

Date written/update: 2012-06-25