Since tennis returned to the Olympic Games as a full medal sport in 1988, it has consistently attracted the world’s best players.
But there has probably never been a line-up to match what Beijing has to offer. With nine of the world’s top 10 scheduled to take part in both the men’s and the women’s singles, it is enough to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding sports fan.
Sharing top billing following their epic Wimbledon final will be Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal.
Should world No.1 Federer win, it would be a case of third time lucky after finishing fourth in Sydney and going out early in Athens.
There is a precedent for Swiss men’s singles success at the Olympic Games, as Marc Rosset was the surprise winner in Barcelona in 1992. For Nadal, who played doubles four years ago, it will be a first Olympic singles appearance.