If you ask any Tennis player about his or her dream, the answer would come in form of Grand Slams wins, Olympic Medals and other leading tournaments. There are players who have won everything which is on offer in the world of tennis while there are many who haven’t won all the important trophies in tennis. Winning an Olympic Gold is a matter of pride for any player as this adds more weightage to the profile of a player and his individual country. There are very few singles players who despite winning a gold medal at the Olympics couldn’t replicate their success in the Grand Slams. Here is the list of such players.
He is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland who is best remembered for winning the men’s singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. 1992 was the pinnacle of Rosset’s career. Representing Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, he defeated several top players en route to qualifying for the men’s singles final, including Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic, Wayne Ferreira, and Emilio Sanchez. In the final, he faced Spain’s Jordi Arrese and won an exciting five-set match, 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 8–6, to claim the gold medal. Rosset’s career-high ATP singles ranking was world no. 9 and he won a total of 15 top-level singles titles. He won at least one singles title on all surfaces: clay, grass, carpet, and hard court. However, his luck had always deserted him in Grand Slams. He reached the semis of the French Open in 1996, which was his best performance in the prestigious four events. The Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon, the other three Grand Slams also remained far from his reach during the course of his entire career.
He is a former Chilean tennis player, a former World No. 9 in singles, and a winner of two Olympic gold medals. He is the only male player to have won both the singles and doubles gold medals during the same games in modern Olympic tennis at the Athens Olympics in 2004. After joining Fernando Gonzalez to earn Chile’s first Olympic title, he dug deep to deliver another. Tired Massu, seeded 10th, took the first set 6-3, as unseeded American Fish made a string of unforced errors. Fish took the next two sets 3-6, 2-6 but Massu hit back 6-3, 6-4 to win the gold medal in the singles category as well. The talented player was not able to justify his talent in the Grand Slams. Despite having all the strokes in his armor, he didn’t reached even the quarterfinal stage in the four grand slams. The closest he came to reaching the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam was during the 2005 US Open where he reached the fourth round but was undone by his opponent in the end. The remaining three grand slams saw even worse performance from him.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Puig became the first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal while representing Puerto Rico and the ninth overall medalist for that delegation. During this event, she became the first Latin American player to win the women’s singles tournament. Defeating two top-5 opponents, she thumped the second ranked player in the world, Angelique Kerber, in the final. Puig is the only unseeded female player to win gold since the reintroduction of tennis in the Olympics in 1988. She reached the fourth round of the Wimbledon in 2013, which by far is the best performance for her in the grand slams. There is no doubt that she is talented and is just 23 years of age. Monica Puig has all the time in the world to win even one or all the grand slams which are on offer in tennis. Keeping her mind cool and clam that too without any distraction is the most important thing which she has to do in her career in the near future. After displaying her talent at the Olympics, it’s the right time for her to go for the title in the important events.
He is a former professional tennis player from Slovakia. He won the men’s singles gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games, where he represented Czechoslovakia. He defeated Eric Jelen, Jeremy Bates, Guy Forget and Michiel Schapers and then in the men’s singles semi-finals he overcame Wimbledon champion Edberg, in a five-set match 3–6, 6–0, 1–6, 6–4, 6–2. He then met Tim Mayotte of the U.S. in the men’s singles final and won in four sets 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–2 to claim the Gold Medal. He also won a Bronze medal in the men’s doubles, partnering Milan Šrejber. The experience player reached the finale of US Open in 1986 but was undone by his own countryman. Lendl won the match in straight sets 6–4, 6–2, 6–0. In 1989, Mecir reached his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Again he came up against Lendl and lost in straight sets 6–2, 6–2, 6–2. It was a tactical victory for Lendl, whose win saw him to reclaim the World No. 1 ranking from Wilander.
She is a retired Russian tennis player who won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. At the Beijing Olympics, Dementieva was down a set and a break before defeating fourth-seeded Serena Williams in the quarterfinals 3–6, 6–4, 6–3. She then defeated compatriot Zvonareva in the semifinals and Safina in the three set final to win the gold medal. She won 16 WTA singles titles, reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open and reached seven other Grand Slam semifinals. She announced her retirement on 29 October 2010, after her final match at the 2010 WTA Tour Championships. Dementieva ended her career ranked World No. 9 and between 2003 and 2010 she only ended one year, in 2007, outside the top 10. It was unfortunate for her that she didn’t win even a single grand slam title despite coming so close. Despite all this, she will always be remembered as one of the top tennis players.