Gator great Lisa Raymond earns top seed for Olympic doubles draw
Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:57 p.m.
Fresh off winning the 2012 Wimbledon mixed doubles championship, Gator great Lisa Raymond returns to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and pairs with Liezel Huber as the top seed in the 2012 Olympic doubles draw.
The 32-team Olympic doubles event will be played on the same courts that have been home to Wimbledon, The Championships. As the top seeds, Raymond and Huber received the only first-round bye and begin action against the winner of the match between Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska and Urszula Radwanska and Slovakia's Dominika Cubulkova and Daniela Hantuchova on Monday.
On July 8, 2012, Raymond paired with Mike Bryan and won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Championship. Mixed doubles will be contested at the Olympic Games for the first time since 1924. Teams will be selected on announced in the next few days and play will begin on August 1st.
Raymond and Huber reached the semifinals of the 2012 Wimbledon Ladies Doubles draw, falling to eventual champions and fellow Team USA members Serena and Venus Williams.
Raymond, who led the Gators to the 1992 NCAA Team Championship, captured the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Singles Titles during her tenure in Gainesville, before enjoying phenomenal success on the pro tour where she has won 11 Grand Slam titles, including the 2012 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles crown.