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Essential information about the Olympic tennis at Wimbledon


The tennis event of the 30th Olympiad, staged in London, was held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, for nine days from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 5 August 2012. The event was organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), working closely with the International Tennis Federation, on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Tennis has long been associated with the modern Olympic Games, reaching back to the beginning when the game was one of nine sports being contested. Tennis continued to be a contesting sport up until after the Games of 1924, when the ITF could not reach agreement with the IOC over the amateur question and general management of the tournament, which resulted in tennis being side-lined for 64 years until 1988.

Follow the Olympic tennis

The colour

There was coverage of the Olympic tennis right here on Wimbledon.com, with stories, blogs and picture galleries.

Live scores and more

The ITF Olympics site provided comprehensive coverage of the Olympic tennis, with live scores, interviews and much more. There was also an official ITF Olympics mobile app.

Schedule and essential information

The London 2012 site provided all the essential information you need to follow the Olympic tennis, including schedules and visitor information.


  • The Olympic Games tennis in 2012 was held at the All England Club.
  • The 2012 Championships ends on Sunday 8 July. The Olympics Games tennis 2012 started on Saturday 28 July.
  • The Club, then at Worple Road, was the venue for the Olympic Tennis in 1908.
  • 172 players (86 men, 86 women).
  • Five medal events - men’s and women’s singles (64 draws) and men’s and women’s doubles (32 draws), mixed doubles (16 draw - last held in 1924).
  • All matches were the best of three sets with the exception of the men’s singles final, which was the best of five sets. All mixed doubles matches were resolved by a first-to-10 tie-break if they reach one set all.
  • The London 2012 Games were organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), working closely with the International Tennis Federation, on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • The All England Club provided the venue and a number of essential staff, such as courts and maintenance.
  • The draw took place at the Club on Thursday 26 July 2012.
  • The playing schedule was found on the London 2012 official site.


  • 12 courts were used for matches: Centre, No.1, No.2, 18, 14, (TV courts) 7, 11, 12, 14-19.
  • 7 courts were used for practice: Courts 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.
  • The Aorangi practice courts were not be used by the Games.
  • Play commenced at 11.30am on the outside courts, and noon on Centre and No.1 Court for all days except Saturday 4 August, when the women’s singles final began at 2pm, followed by the men’s doubles final. On Sunday 5 August, the mixed doubles final began at noon, followed by the men’s singles final and women’s doubles final.
  • Responsibility for preparation of the grass courts remained with the Club’s Head Groundsman Eddie Seaward and his team.
  • Despite the short time between The Championships and the Olympic Games, the Club was completely confident that the courts will continue to play to the usual high standards experienced at The Championships.
  • The grass seed was be pre-germinated and the courts expected to be returned to the same condition before The Championships. Given the short time, however, the grass was not as deeply rooted as for The Championships meaning that the wear properties may have been marginally less robust. This had no effect on the quality of the playing surface.


  • Players could wear coloured clothing.
  • On-site dressing/branding was arranged in accordance with London 2012 guidelines.
Ball boys & ball girls/Match officials
  • Ball boys and Ball girls were recruited via the Young Games Maker process.
  • Aged 16/17 and from the London Boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.
  • Balls were supplied by Slazenger.
  • Match and technical officials were recruited via the regular ITF channels.


  • All ticketing was handled by London 2012. Do not contact the All England Club Ticket Office.
  • Please contact London 2012 for information about where your tickets gain you access to.
  • Residents outside the UK and designated European countries will need to apply for tickets through their local National Olympic Committee, National Paralympic Committee or Authorised Ticket Reseller from 2011. More information about tickets for London 2012
  • The catering contract is awarded by London 2012 and the caterers are likely to use existing AELTC facilities.
  • The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is ONLY OPEN TO OLYMPIC TICKET-HOLDERS at this time. 

Travelling to Wimbledon during Olympics

  • There were shuttle buses running from Wimbledon mainline station only. Shuttles ran from Southfields and Wimbledon for those with mobility restrictions. 
  • See more information in How to get to Wimbledon during the Olympics

Qualification and Olympic regulations

For detailed information about the qualification and regulations for the tennis event at the Olympics, please visit the ITF Olympics site.

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