17 August 2012
Wilson Players Bring Home More Olympic Medals than Any Other Racket Brand
CHICAGO (August 15, 2012)– Embodying the best that tennis has to offer, Wilson players won eight Olympic medals in London, more than any other racket brand. Hallmark victories included: a gold for Serena Williams with her Wilson Blade Team; a silver from Roger Federer, 17-time Grand Slam champion in the men’s final, using his Pro Staff 90; and a gold for Serena and Venus Williams in the women’s doubles. In addition, world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka earned a historic bronze for Belarus, and Juan Martin Del Potro secured a bronze for Argentina.
“We are proud of all of our players who competed in London,” said Jon Muir, general manager, Wilson Racquet Sports. “To see such outstanding performances and medal-winning achievements is something that we all celebrate for our players.”
Williams won her first individual Olympic gold in top form after winning her fifth Wimbledon title on the same court four weeks earlier. Losing only 17 games in her six matches, the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion shares the tennis record of four Olympic golds with her sister, Venus. In windy conditions, Williams dominated Maria Sharapova with big serves from the baseline to defeat her 6-0, 6-1 and become the second woman ever to win a Golden Slam.
“This win means so much to me because it’s my first individual gold medal and I’ve worked incredibly hard for it,” said Williams. “Grand Slam wins feel amazing but winning in the Olympics is another feat completely.”
Williams joined her sister Venus to secure gold again for the U.S. in women’s doubles. They defeated Wilson player Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic who took the silver medal. Serena is the first player in history to achieve a Golden Slam in both singles and doubles.
Victoria Azarenka, playing with the Juice 100, became the first medal winner for Belarus in Olympic tennis history. In mixed doubles, Wilson players Azarenka and Max Mirnyi clinched the gold medal. Next generation Wilson player Laura Robson teamed with Andy Murray to win silver.