India Tennis Record: Known for Doubles, Only Bronze Won in Singles at Olympics

After 1924 Olympics when N. Polly became the first woman to join Indian Olympic Contingent in any Sports, the next Tennis squad joined Indian Olympic Contingent after 64 years in 1988 Olympics. While India’s only World Class Singles player Vijay Amritraj failed to make an impact in Singles at Olympics, the best for a Doubles team has been 4th place finish by India’s most popular and successful Men’s Doubles team in one of their 5 Olympics together. Ironically, the only Olympic medal was won in Men’s Singles by 7 time Olympian Leander Paes, whom the world respects for his achievements in Men’s and Mixed Doubles.

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Statistics

    1924: 6 (5 Men, 1 Woman, 4 events
    1988: 3 Men, 2 Events
    1992: 2 Men, 2 events
    1996: 2 Men, 2 events
    2000: 4 (2 Men, 2 Women), 3 events
    2004: 2 Men, 1 event
    2008: 4 (2 Men, 2 Women), 3 events
    2012: 6 (4 Men, 2 Women), 4 events
    2016: 6 (4 Men, 2 Women), 3 events

Events for Indians

    Men’s Singles: 1924 (4), 1988 (2), 1992 (2), 1996 (BRONZE), 2000
    Women’s Singles: 1924 (1), 2008, 2012, 2016
    Men’s Doubles: 1924 (2), 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 (2), 2016
    Women’s Doubles: 2000, 2008, 2012, 2016
    Mixed Doubles: 1924, 2012, 2016

Maximum Participation at Olympics
Men

    7 Leander Paes (1992-2016)
    5 Mahesh Bhupathi (1996-2012)
    2 Rohan Bopanna (2012, 2016)
    1 Athar Ali Fyzee, Sydney Jacob, Mohammed Sleem, S. M. Hadi, Donald Rutnam (1924), Zeeshan Ali, Vijay Amritraj (1988), Ramesh Krishnan (1992), Jagadeesan Vishnuvardhan (2012)

Women

    3 Sania Mirza (2008-2016)
    1 N. Polley (1924), Manisha Malhotra, Nirupama Vaidyanathan (2000), Sunitha Rao (2008), Rushmi Chakravarthi (2012), Prarthana Thombare (2016)

1924: 6 players, 4 events

    Athar Ali Fyzee (40 year): Round 2 Men’s Singles
    Sydney Jacob (44 year): Quarterfinals in Men’s Singles, Round 2 in Mixed Doubles with Polley, Round 1 in Men’s Doubles with Sleem
    Mohammed Sleem (32 years): Round 3 in Men’s Singles, Round 1 in Men’s Doubles with Jacob
    S. M. Hadi (24 year): Round 2 in Men’s Singles, Quarterfinals in Men’s Doubles with Rutnam
    Donald Rutnam (21 year): Quarterfinals in Men’s Doubles with Hadi
    N. Polley (Female): Round 3 in Women’s Singles, Round 2 in Mixed Doubles with Jacob

1988: 3 Men for 2 Events

    Zeeshan Ali: Round 3 Men’s Singles
    Vijay Amritraj (34 years): Round 1 Men’s Singles
    Vijay Amritraj / Anand Amritraj: Round 3 Men’s Doubles

1992: 2 Men for two events

    Ramesh Krishnan: Men’s Singles
    Leander Paes: Men’s Singles
    Ramesh Krishnan/Leander Paes: 5th Men’s Doubles

1996: 2 men in 2 events
In his second appearance, Leander Paes achieved the miracle result of winning an Olympic medal in Men’s Singles. It required World’s top player Andre Agassi to stop him from entering the Olympics finals, still he successfully grabbed the Bronze medal.

Leander Paes / Mahesh Bhupathi Quarterfinals in Men’s Doubles
Leander Paes: Bronze in Men’s Singles

    1st round: Def Richey Reneberg (USA) 6-7 7-6 1-0 retired
    2nd round: Def Nicolas Pereira (Venezuela) 6-2 6-3
    3rd round: Def Thomas Enqvist (Sweden) 7-5 7-6
    Quarter Finals: Def Renzo Furlan (Italy) 6-1 7-5
    Semi Finals: Lost to Andre Agassi (United States) 6-7 3-6
    Bronze Medal: Def Fernando Meligeni (Brazil) 3-6 6-2 6-4

2000: 4 in 3 events

    Leander Paes: Round 1 Men’s Sinlges
    Mahesh Bhupathi / Paes: 9th in Men’s Doubles
    Manisha Malhotra / Nirupama Vaidyanathan: 17th in Women’s Doubles

2004: 2 men for 1 event
Paes / Bhupathi: 4th Men’s Doubles

2008: 4 in 3 events

    Mahesh Bhupathi / Paes: 5th Men’s Doubles
    Sania Mirza: 33rd Women’s Singles
    Sania Mirza / Sunitha Rao: 9th Women’s Doubles

2012: 6 (4 Men, 2 Women), 4 events

    Jagadeesan Vishnuvardhan and Somdev Devvarman: Round 1 Men’s Singles
    Rohan Bopanna / Mahesh Bhupathi: Round 3 Men’s Doubles
    Paes / Jagadeesan Vishnuvardhan: Round 3 Men’s Doubles
    Sania Mirza/Paes: 5th
    Sania Mirza / Rushmi Chakravarthi: 17th Women’s Doubles

2016: 4 (2 Men, 2 Women), 3 events

    Men’s Doubles: Rohan Bopanna / Leander Paes lost in 1st Round 4-6, 6-7 to Polish pair
    Women’s Doubles: Sania Mirza / Prarthana Thombare lost in 1st round lose 6-7 5-7 7-5 to Chinese pair
    Mixed Doubles: Rohan Bopanna / Sania Mirza

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