Djokovic; Williams Sisters Ousted from Olympics

Published on 8-Aug-2016 by J Square Humboldt

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Djokovic; Williams Sisters Ousted from Olympics

In the run-up to Rio, numerous concerns were raised that Brazil wouldn't be ready for the games.

It's time now to wonder if a few tennis elites were ready for Rio.

Upsets happen all the time in events like this, but who would've expected the ATP Men's No 1 and the accomplished doubles tandem of Venus and Serena Williams to tumble out of the games so early, not to mention at the same time?

Well, Juan del Potro for one ...

del Potro v Djokovic

Straight sets: 7-6-7-6. Not bad for a dude who started the day stuck in an elevator.

It took the Serbian handball team to get him out.

Meanwhile, Djokovic was overheard discussing his next match against Rafael Nadal. Bad karma.

Expressed by someone who should know and who happens to be del Potro's countryman:

Djokovic will be 33 when the next Summer Olympics roll around. He might want to check on whatever elixir or training regimen Serena and Venus are using.

In Rio, though, an Olympic loss was a new experience for the Williams sisters, who fell 6-3, 6-4 to Czechs Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

Serena's still hanging in there, singles-wise, but Venus isn't.