Olympics 2012: USA tennis team headed by Williams sisters, Bryan brothers, Andy Roddick

The Olympics officially opens on Friday, July 27 with the tennis portion of the games running from July 28-August 5. Photo: Venus and Serena Williams in a quiet moment AP

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2012 — Coming off an astounding back-to-back win at Wimbledon, Serena Williams heads the USA team at the London Olympics with her sister Venus, who with Serena took the Women’s Doubles at Wimbledon.

The Olympics officially opens on Friday, July 27 with the tennis portion of the games running from July 28-August 5. It will be held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the site of the action for Wimbledon.

Team USA’s women’s coach Mary Joe Fernandez nominated a six-woman team of four singles and two doubles. Serena, now a 14 Grand Slam singles champion, will compete in the Olympics singles with her sister Venus Williams, a three-time Gold medalist, Varvara Lepchenko, and Christina McHale.

The Women’s Doubles will see the Williams sisters, who won the Doubles Wimbledon trophy, back on court, seeking their third gold medal, having won it in 2004 and 2008. The other women’s team is the runner up at Wimbledon, Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

Team USA’s men coach Jay Berger also has named a six-player team, four singles and two doubles. 2004 Gold Medalist Any Roddick will be back, along with Ryan Harrison, John Isner, and Donald Young in the men’s singles.

The Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, who came in second at Wimbledon’s men’s doubles, but who took the Bronze medal in 2008 Olympics, are back, looking for gold. The other men’s team will be Isner and Roddick.

Once all the players are in London, the U.S. will nominate two teams from the 12 players for the mixed doubles matches.

America has taken home 17 Olympic medals in men and women’s tennis, more than any other country, since the game returned in 1988 as a full medal sport.

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