World TeamTennis will have eight participants competing in the London Olympics, including four Americans. USA’s John Isner, ranked no. 11 in ATP singles, Venus Williams, and the Bryan brothers get to take a hack at the All England Club for the second time this summer. Isner and Williams will compete in both singles and doubles, while the Bryan brothers will do what they do best.
Leander Paes, one of the best doubles players in the world, left his undefeated Washington Kastles to compete for his native India. Paes, alongside Vishnu Vardhan will take on former WTT competitor Jean-Julien Rojer and Robin Haase from the Netherlands. The Kastles' star has been sensational in WTT this year with a top ranking in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Timea Babos will make her first appearance in the Olympics. The 19-year-old will appear in both doubles and singles for her native Hungary. Babos, who is currently ranked no. 66 in WTA singles, faces Galina Voskoboeva from Kazakhstan.
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standout Anna-Lena Groenefeld will participate for Germany at the All England Club. Groenefeld will compete in doubles alongside Julia Goerges. Their first round match is against Great Britain's own Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong.
Anastasia Rodionova is another Kastles player who left the squad early to compete for her nation. Along with Jarmila Gajdosova, Rodionova will take the court at Wimbledon in doubles only. Rodionova, who just joined Washington this year, has been a force in mixed doubles with teammate Leander Paes.
The mixed doubles draw will be released on Tuesday. This is the first time the Olympics has had mixed doubles tennis since 1924. They finally caught on to something Billie Jean King and World TeamTennis has been doing for over 35 years!