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Mixed Doubles Tennis a Go at Olympics

December 9, 2009 06:00 PM
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved Mixed Doubles tennis as an official event, to debut at the 2012 Olympic tennis event played at Wimbledon.

Mixed doubles was played at several Olympics from 1900-1924 until tennis was dropped from the competition. Tennis returned as an Olympic medal event in 1988, but without mixed doubles.

The IOC, according to the Associated Press, said mixed doubles "will bring an added value to the Olympic program by providing another opportunity for men and women to compete together on the same field of play."

Gold medals were won by Spain's Rafael Nadal, Elena Dementieva of Russia, and in doubles the Swiss pair Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka and America's Venus and Serena Williams at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

"The inclusion of a tennis mixed doubles event will not increase the current number of athletes and will bring added value to the Olympic programme," the IOC added.





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