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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Tennis stars looking forward to Olympics

27th April 2012

Just three weeks after Wimbledon, the players will return to the All England Club to take part in the Olympics.

The players are expecting the event to provide a very different atmosphere compared to the main Wimbledon competition and there is also a relaxation of the traditional white sportswear. Another major change will be the introduction of advertising to the venue - something which is not allowed for Wimbledon.

It is the first time that Olympic tennis has been awarded Grand Slam status so it means that all players taking part in the tournament between July 28th and August 5th will be entitled to world ranking points so this has succeeded in attracting even more big names.

Those lucky enough to have tickets to the Olympic tennis tournament should book their boutique London hotels as soon as possible as the city is set to welcome a large number of visitors during the London 2012 Games.

Russian player Maria Sharapova believes the Olympic event will be something special and she is looking forward to appearing on the courts.

She told reporters at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart: "It will be quite different and unique to what we are used to. When I was working on my outfits and I saw the colours, wearing white and red on centre court at Wimbledon when I played in white there all my life there."

"You think about that and its going to be so strange. Even the branding on the court at Wimbledon where you never have branding. It will be quite different there."

In the last Olympics, the men's singles event was won by Rafael Nadal, while the Williams sisters took home the gold medal in the women's doubles championship.

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