Roddick, Williams sisters, Isner, others officially selected for Olympics

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Andy Roddick will play in his second Olympics, his first since 2004. (US Presswire)

On Tuesday, the United States Tennis Association made official what many expected: the recognizable rosters for American representatives in the Olympics.

John Isner (ranked 10th in the world), Andy Roddick (25th), Ryan Harrison (48th) and Donald Young (51st) were named to the U.S. Olympic tennis team in singles. Twelfth-ranked Mardy Fish declined his invitation for reasons not yet publicly or fully known.

Roddick's selection is a newsmaker after he opted to not play at the '08 Games, instead opting to focus on the U.S. Open. Roddick finished eighth at the Open that year, falling to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

In London, Isner and Roddick will play as a pair in doubles, as will Bob and Mike Bryan -- ranked third in the world -- who were named as the Team of the Decade by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

In women's tennis, the Williams sisters -- Venus (58th) and Serena (sixth)-- earned spots, as did Varvara Lepchenko (53rd) and Christina McHale (32nd). The Williams sisters will pair up for doubles play; the other female doubles selection was Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

If you're wondering, Why isn't there a mixed doubles team named yet? Apparently that decision is made a few days into tennis competition at the Olympics. So we won't know those quirky co-ed pairings until a little over a month from now.

All in all, the U.S. isn't expected to be world-beaters in tennis. The collective group is good, but not the best. Taking home three medals would be considered a big and unexpected victory. The United States finished with two of the 12 medals handed out at the '08 Beijing Games. The Williams sisters took gold in the women's doubles, and the Bryan bros brought home bronze in the men's doubles. Rafael Nadal won gold in men's singles; Elena Dementieva was at the top of the podium for women's singles.

Tennis play at the Olympics begins July 28 at Wimbledon.

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