Australia’s top ranked tennis player, Bernard Tomic, has expressed that his schedule may prevent him from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He has indicated, however, a willingness to represent Australia in Davis Cup play.
He is currently ranked 18th in the world. It was not really all that long ago when professional athletes were prohibited from participating in the Olympic Games. That all changed in 1992, when the U.S., tired of training professional basketball players to beat its amateur college student players in Olympic competition, sent a formidable squad of NBA players to Barcelona to decimate other teams.
Tennis got into the act in 2004 by using results from the Olympics as part of the calculations for ATP and WTA rankings. Tomic would have been around 12 years of age at the time.
The 2016 Olympics tennis competition runs from 6 – 14 August. There are men’s Master Series events in Montreal just prior and just after, followed closely by the U.S. Open. Tomic’s scheduling concerns appear entirely legitimate. He did play in the Olympics in 2012, but lost in the first round. Tennis professionals can have unpredictable schedules, since if they win opening round matches in tournaments; they advance further and are forced to play more.