Tennis At the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles
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Tennis At the 1996 Summer Olympics %E2%80%93 Men's Singles

Men's singles tennis
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Andre Agassi (2011).jpg
Andre Agassi (2011)
VenueStone Mountain Tennis Center, Atlanta
Dates23 July-3 August
Competitors64from 36 nations
Medalists

The men's singles competition was part of the tennis program at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. There were 64 competitors from 36 nations.[1] Nations had been limited to three players each since the return of tennis to the Olympic program in 1988. Marc Rosset was the defending champion, but retired in the third round against Renzo Furlan. First-seeded American Andre Agassi defeated Spaniard Sergi Bruguera in the final, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to claim the gold medal. Indian Leander Paes defeated Brazilian Fernando Meligeni to claim the bronze medal.

The victory gave Agassi four of the five components of the career Golden Slam; his win in the French Open three years later made him the first man to achieve that accomplishment (and fourth person, after Steffi Graf's true Golden Slam in 1988 and Pam Shriver and Gigi Fernández's career Golden Slams in the women's doubles). It was the United States' first title in the event since 1924 and third overall, matching Great Britain for most all-time. Spain received its second consecutive silver medal. Paes' bronze was India's first men's singles medal.

Background

This was the 10th (medal) appearance of the men's singles tennis event. The event has been held at every Summer Olympics where tennis has been on the program: from 1896 to 1924 and then from 1988 to the current program. Demonstration events were held in 1968 and 1984.

The number one seed was Andre Agassi of the United States.[1] Two of the eight quarterfinalists from the 1992 tournament returned: gold medalist Marc Rosset of Switzerland and bronze medalist Goran Ivani?evi? of Croatia.

Armenia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Slovakia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela each made their debut in the event. France made its ninth appearance, most among all nations, having missed only the 1904 event.

Competition format

The competition was a single-elimination tournament, but with some significant changes from 1988 and 1992. A bronze medal match was held, unlike the previous two Games. Matches before the final were reduced to best-of-three sets instead of best-of-five sets. The 12-point tie-breaker continued be used in any set, except the third (or the fifth in the final), that reached 6-6.

Schedule

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 23 July 1996
Wednesday, 24 July 1996
Round of 64
Thursday, 25 July 1996
Friday, 26 July 1996
Round of 32
Saturday, 27 July 1996
Sunday, 28 July 1996
Round of 16
Tuesday, 30 July 1996 Quarterfinals
Thursday, 1 August 1996 11:00
13:00
Semifinals
Saturday, 3 August 1996 11:00
13:00
Bronze medal match
Final

Seeds

  1.  Andre Agassi (USA) (Champion)
  2.  Goran Ivani?evi? (CRO) (First Round)
  3.  Thomas Enqvist (SWE) (Third Round)
  4.  MaliVai Washington (USA) (Quarterfinals)
  5.  Wayne Ferreira (RSA) (Quarterfinals)
  6.  Albert Costa (ESP) (Second Round)
  7.  Arnaud Boetsch (FRA) (Second Round)
  8.  Marc Rosset (SUI) (Third Round)
  9.  Jan Siemerink (NED) (First Round)
  10.  Jason Stoltenberg (AUS) (Second Round)
  11.  Richey Reneberg (USA) (First Round)
  12.  Paul Haarhuis (NED) (First Round)
  13.  Magnus Gustafsson (SWE) (Second Round)
  14.  Renzo Furlan (ITA) (Quarterfinals)
  15.  Carlos Costa (ESP) (First Round)
  16.  Daniel Vacek (CZE) (Second Round)

Draw

Key

Finals

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final (gold medal match)
                 
1  Andre Agassi (USA) 7 4 7
5  Wayne Ferreira (RSA) 5 6 5
1  Andre Agassi (USA) 77 6  
WC  Leander Paes (IND) 65 3  
WC  Leander Paes (IND) 6 7  
14  Renzo Furlan (ITA) 1 5  
1  Andre Agassi (USA) 6 6 6    
   Sergi Bruguera (ESP) 2 3 1    
   Sergi Bruguera (ESP) 710 4 7
4  MaliVai Washington (USA) 68 6 5
   Sergi Bruguera (ESP) 711 6   Bronze medal match
Alt  Fernando Meligeni (BRA) 69 2  
Alt  Fernando Meligeni (BRA) 65 7 6 WC  Leander Paes (IND) 3 6 6
WC  Andrei Olhovskiy (RUS) 77 5 3 Alt  Fernando Meligeni (BRA) 6 2 4

Top half

Section 1

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
1  A Agassi (USA) 78 77  
   J Björkman (SWE) 66 65   1  A Agassi (USA) 6 6  
   K Ku?era (SVK) 6 2 6    K Ku?era (SVK) 4 4  
WC  D Tomashevich (UZB) 3 6 0 1  A Agassi (USA) 2 6 6
WC  D Pescariu (ROM) 2 2      A Gaudenzi (ITA) 6 4 2
Alt  O Ortiz (MEX) 6 6   Alt  O Ortiz (MEX) 1 65  
   A Gaudenzi (ITA) 6 6      A Gaudenzi (ITA) 6 77  
15  C Costa (ESP) 3 2   1  A Agassi (USA) 7 4 7
9  J Siemerink (NED) 2 4   5  W Ferreira (RSA) 5 6 5
   T Woodbridge (AUS) 6 6      T Woodbridge (AUS) 78 77  
   S Matsuoka (JPN) 64 3      T Henman (GBR) 66 65  
   T Henman (GBR) 77 6      T Woodbridge (AUS) 63 65  
   B Black (ZIM) 6 3 6 5  W Ferreira (RSA) 77 77  
Alt  G Raoux (FRA) 3 6 2    B Black (ZIM) 2 5  
WC  G Etlis (ARG) 4 3   5  W Ferreira (RSA) 6 7  
5  W Ferreira (RSA) 6 6  

Section 2

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
3  T Enqvist (SWE) 77 4 6
Alt  M-K Goellner (GER) 64 6 4 3  T Enqvist (SWE) 4 77 6
WC  S Sargsian (ARM) 6 6   WC  S Sargsian (ARM) 6 62 4
WC  D Nestor (CAN) 4 4   3  T Enqvist (SWE) 5 63  
Alt  N Pereira (VEN) 6 6   WC  L Paes (IND) 7 77  
   H Gumy (ARG) 4 0   Alt  N Pereira (VEN) 2 3  
WC  L Paes (IND) 62 79 1 WC  L Paes (IND) 6 6  
11/Alt  R Reneberg (USA) 77 67 0r WC  L Paes (IND) 6 7  
14  R Furlan (ITA) 4 6 6 14  R Furlan (ITA) 1 5  
   J Novák (CZE) 6 4 3 14  R Furlan (ITA) 7 6  
WC  L Morejón (ECU) 77 5 1 Alt  M Filippini (URU) 5 2  
Alt  M Filippini (URU) 63 7 6 14  R Furlan (ITA) 6 4  
Alt  F Fetterlein (DEN) 6 4 8 8  M Rosset (SUI) 0 2 r
   J Eltingh (NED) 4 6 6 Alt  F Fetterlein (DEN) 65 5  
WC  H Arazi (MAR) 2 3   8  M Rosset (SUI) 77 7  
8  M Rosset (SUI) 6 6  

Bottom half

Section 3

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
7  A Boetsch (FRA) 6 77  
   B Steven (NZL) 2 62   7  A Boetsch (FRA) 67 6 2
WC  A Pavel (ROM) 6 1 6    S Bruguera (ESP) 79 4 6
   S Bruguera (ESP) 2 6 8    S Bruguera (ESP) 79 6  
   J Frana (ARG) 6 5 3    G Rusedski (GBR) 67 3  
   G Rusedski (GBR) 4 7 6    G Rusedski (GBR) 64 77 6
WC  R Agénor (HAI) 2 4   13  M Gustafsson (SWE) 77 63 3
13  M Gustafsson (SWE) 6 6      S Bruguera (ESP) 710 4 7
10  J Stoltenberg (AUS) 77 6   4  M Washington (USA) 68 6 5
WC  S Ladipo (NGR) 64 3   10  J Stoltenberg (AUS) 2 6 3
   K Carlsen (DEN) 7 6      K Carlsen (DEN) 6 3 6
Alt  M Knowles (BAH) 5 3      K Carlsen (DEN) 710 0 2
Alt  S Noszály (HUN) 5 66   4  M Washington (USA) 68 6 6
Alt  O Ogorodov (UZB) 7 78   Alt  O Ogorodov (UZB) 3 4  
Alt  J Kro?lák (SVK) 3 63   4  M Washington (USA) 6 6  
4  M Washington (USA) 6 77  

Section 4

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
6  A Costa (ESP) 713 6  
WC  S Lareau (CAN) 611 4   6  A Costa (ESP) 65 4  
Alt  F Meligeni (BRA) 6 6   Alt  F Meligeni (BRA) 77 6  
   S Pescosolido (ITA) 4 2   Alt  F Meligeni (BRA) 79 4 8
WC  W Black (ZIM) 64 6 6    M Philippoussis (AUS) 67 6 6
WC  J Szymanski (VEN) 77 4 3 WC  W Black (ZIM) 4 2  
   M Philippoussis (AUS) 77 77      M Philippoussis (AUS) 6 6  
12  P Haarhuis (NED) 64 62   Alt  F Meligeni (BRA) 65 7 6
16  D Vacek (CZE) 6 2 6 WC  A Olhovskiy (RUS) 77 5 3
   D Prinosil (GER) 4 6 4 16  D Vacek (CZE) 3 61  
Alt  N Lapentti (ECU) 1 6 6 WC  A Olhovskiy (RUS) 6 77  
WC  A Olhovskiy (RUS) 6 3 8 WC  A Olhovskiy (RUS) 6 6  
WC  A Hernández (MEX) 3 6 6    C Ruud (NOR) 4 3  
   C Ruud (NOR) 6 2 8    C Ruud (NOR) 78 77  
Alt  M Ondruska (RSA) 6 6   Alt  M Ondruska (RSA) 66 61  
2  G Ivani?evi? (CRO) 2 4  

References

  1. ^ a b "Singles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 2020.

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