Olympic Games success but not at Grand Slams? Here are the main names who couldn't translate Gold Medal success

Thursday, 22 February 2024 at 09:00
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Representing your country at the Olympic Games is an honor bestowed on few, with some tennis stars having emerged triumphant at the quadrennial event, yet have failed to replicate this success at the Grand Slam level.
The 2024 Olympic Games will be held in Paris this summer, with the tennis event kicking off on July 27, 2024. The tournament will be held on the clay courts of Roland Garros, giving an automatic advantage to those who consider the red dirt their preferred surface. With several tennis superstars vying to make history and display their national pride, a few have won gold at the event but fallen short of capturing a Grand Slam title.

Zverev leads list of Olympic champions yet to win a Major title

1. Germany's Alexander Zverev defeated Karen Khachanov in the final of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to clinch the gold medal for his nation. However, the 26-year old is yet to win a Grand Slam title, with his best performance occurring when he finished runner-up to Dominic Thiem at the 2020 US Open.
2. Belinda Bencic added another accolade to her resume when she won the women's singles tennis event at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. The Swiss star is currently on maternity leave, but fell just shy of winning her maiden Grand Slam at the 2019 US Open, where she lost in the semifinals.
3. Monica Puig shocked the world when she won gold at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. The Puerto Rican native has never come close to winning a Grand Slam title, with her best result being the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships in 2013.
4. Elena Dementieva triumphed at the 2008 Berlin Olympics, defeating fellow Russian Dinara Safina in a hotly-contested final. The former World No.3 never tasted success at the Grand Slam level, with her best performances being runner-up finishes at the French Open and the US Open, both in 2004.
5. Nicolas Massu won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, battling past American Mardy Fish in the final. The Chilean was a six-time ATP titlist, but never made it past the fourth round at any Grand Slam event.
6. Marc Rosset was the first player from Switzerland to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, finishing as the top dog at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The former World No.9 reached the semifinals of the French Open in 1996, which was his best result at a Major event.
7. Miloslav Mecir became the first Slovakian player to win an Olympic Gold medal in men's tennis at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. The former World No.4 finished runner-up in two Grand Slam finals, the 1986 US Open and the 1989 Australian Open.

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