As tennis at Rio 2016 gets underway, here’s a look at some players who have excelled at the biggest sporting tournament in addition to their many laurels on the tennis court – with some of them playing at Rio 2016!
Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde : The Woodies
Known collectively as the Woodies, Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde were one of the most successful pairs in the history of the game. Together, the two won eleven Grand Slam titles and were also successful at the Davis Cup.
The pair also successfully represented Australia at the Olympics.
The Woodies won the men’s doubles gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, beating out former British No. 1 Tim Henman and partner Neil Broad. The following Games, their home Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the pair took silver, with Daniel Nestor and and Sebastien Lareau of Canada winning gold that year.
The two still play a few exhibition matches, having retired from professional tennis, but with one gold and a silver in addition to numerous other titles, Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde are among the most successful tennis Olympians in history.