Is Olympic tennis high-powered competition or fun in the sun?

In most sports, the Olympics present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an athlete to be a national hero. Tennis, however, is failing to take advantage of the camaraderie the Games offer and consequently marginalizing the buildup to the U.S. Open, writes Joel Drucker.

Updated: August 5, 2008, 11:39 AM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Enduring consequence is a major factor in determining the significance of any event. Certainly, that's true in tennis, in which such recent occurrences as Rafael Nadal's wins over Roger Federer at Roland Garros and Wimbledon likely will be remembered for years to come as the major story of 2008.

In the coming weeks, athletes from track and gymnastics will compete in Beijing for the highest stakes for possibly the only time in their careers.

Tennis' place in the Olympics, ...

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