The basic objective of tennis is to hit the ball with a racket over a net and into the opponent’s area. A point is won when the opponent either cannot return the ball or hits it out of bounds upon return.

Olympic tennis competition features singles and doubles tournaments for men and women as well as a mixed doubles tournament, which returned to the Olympic program at London 2012 after an 88-year absence.


All of the tournaments are held in single elimination brackets, the singles beginning with a 64-player draw, the doubles with a 32-team draw and the mixed doubles with a 16-team draw. As usual, all women’s matches are best-of-three sets. All men’s matches are also best-of-three sets, except the gold medal match in singles, which is best-of-five sets, like the Grand Slams. When needed, tiebreaks will be used in all sets throughout the men’s and women’s tournaments. Mixed doubles is best-of-three sets, but the third and deciding set, if needed, is a ten-point tiebreak.

Canada’s Olympic History (Pre-Rio 2016)

Canada’s lone Olympic tennis medal is the men’s doubles gold by Daniel Nestor and Sébastien Lareau at Sydney 2000. Both had left successful partnerships earlier in the year with the goal of winning an Olympic medal. The gamble paid off when they defeated the home favourite “Woodies”, Australia’s 11-time Grand Slam champions Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, in four sets.