USA Fails to Grab a Tennis Medal in 101 Years as Venus and Serena Williams Skip Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/30/2021, 1:46 PM EDT
Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has almost reached its end as far as tennis is concerned. Fans have witnessed some quite amazing tennis so far and now are eagerly waiting for the finals. However, they badly missed both Venus and Serena Williams in Tokyo.

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It is for the first time since 1920 that the USA’s tennis team has failed to win a single medal at the Olympic Games. America’s Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren had a chance of winning a bronze medal for their nation in the mixed doubles category. However, they suffered a humiliating defeat against New Zealand’s Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell and thus, lost the bronze as well.

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Back in 1920, no American entered the Olympic Games. However, this time, even though they had a good team, they missed the services of Venus Williams and Serena Williams.

Although the USA has won the most medals at the Tokyo Olympics so far, fans will be unhappy since they failed to grab even one in tennis. As of now, the nation has bagged 14 Golds, 10 Silvers, and 11 Bronze medals.

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Venus and Serena Williams at the Olympic Games

Both Venus and Serena Williams began playing Olympics in 2000. While Venus won 2 Olympic Golds in her maiden Olympics, Serena also won the Gold with her sister in the doubles category.

Serena Williams is congratulated by her sister and opponent Venus Williams following their ladies’ singles third-round match. Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Both the Williams sisters also won two more Gold medals together in the doubles category at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and then at the 2012 London Olympics. In addition, Serena even won the Olympic Gold in the singles category in London.

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After this, even though both of them failed to succeed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Venus made sure that she didn’t return home with empty hands. She won the Silver medal in the mixed doubles category with her partner Rajeev Ram.

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It is because of all these accomplishments that the absence of the Williams’ sisters disappointed the fans. Will the sisters be able to win a title in the doubles category before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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