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What will and WON'T happen at the Olympics

   

What will and won’t happen at the Olympic tennis tournament:

Steve Brenner, The Sun:

Men’s gold medallist: Novak Djokovic.
Women’s gold medallist: Serena Williams.
What WON’T happen at the Olympic tennis tournament: The Olympic Flame won’t set Henman Hill ablaze and be doused by 250 litres of Pimm’s.
Do you like the Olympic mauve at the All England Club? Is she in singles or doubles?

Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated:

Men’s gold medallist: Roger Federer.
Women’s gold medallist: Serena Williams (boring picks).
What WON’T happen: The U.S. will not sweep the gold medals. The men’s singles event will almost assuredly go elsewhere. But – remarkable for a country whose tennis status is constantly criticised – the Yanks and Yankettes could win four of five. Serena Williams is the frontrunner in singles. Though unseeded, she and her sister ought to win the doubles. Bob and Mike Bryan are top seeds in the men’s event. And the team of Mike Bryan and Serena Williams could win the mixed event.
Do you like the Olympic mauve? With some trepidation, I must admit that I rather like mauve. It’s not altogether different to the usual colour scheme and the backdrops play quite well with the colour of the grass. But don’t tell my wife I have these kinds of opinions about colour schemes or it will upset the balance of our relationship…

Simon Cambers, The Tennis Space:

Men’s gold medallist: Novak Djokovic
Women’s gold medallist: Petra Kvitova
What WON’T happen: Yaroslava Shvedova won’t complete a perfect set.
Do you like the Olympic mauve? Yes, why not? It adds a bit of brightness to the place – maybe they should keep it.

Christopher Clarey, New York Times and International Herald Tribune

Men’s gold: Roger Federer (the light half is the right half).
Women’s gold: Victoria Azarenka (jet lag gets Serena).
What WON’T happen: Short picking, water bottle arranging, left eyebrow arching.

Paul Newman, The Independent:

Men’s gold: Roger Federer.
Women’s gold: Agnieszka Radwanska.
What WON’T happen: There will be no press reports about the price of strawberries.
Do you like the Olympic mauve? No – it looks very out of place.

Alexandra Willis, The Tennis Space and wimbledon.com:

Men’s gold: Roger Federer.
Women’s gold: Petra Kvitova.
What WON’T happen: Liechtenstein won’t win an Olympic tennis medal.
Do you like the Olympic mauve? It’s a lot better than the alternative yellow or blue!

Mike Dickson, The Daily Mail:

Men’s gold: Novak Djokovic.
Women’s gold: Serena Williams.
What WON’T happen: Players won’t say “I’ve really enjoyed the bus journey between the athletes’ village and SW19″.
Do you like the Olympic mauve? Yes, surprisingly restrained.

Doug Robson, USA Today:

Men’s gold: Novak Djokovic.
Women’s gold: Serena Williams.
What WON’T happen: Serena Williams and Andy Roddick playing mixed doubles together.
Do you like the Olympic mauve? Not a fan.