The ITF has released a 140-page publication called "Journey to Beijing – Tennis celebrates the Olympics"
. Over 40 of the world’s leading tennis players took part in the ITF project and were photographed dressed as athletes from other summer or winter Olympic sports to help promote the 2008 Beijing Olympic Tennis Event.
These are accompanied by interviews with the players talking about their Olympic memories and hopes for Beijing.
According to the ITF website
The photographs were taken over a six-month period by some of the world’s leading tennis photographers, with photo shoots held in venues as varied as Barcelona, Beijing, Dubai, Indian Wells, Los Angeles, Miami, Melbourne, Moscow, Netherlands, Palm Beach, Santiago, Shanghai and Tel Aviv.
Among the 44 players represented in the book are the two current world number ones, Roger Federer
, who poses as a fencer, and Ana Ivanovic
, who is shown playing beach volleyball, both in Miami. Rafael Nadal
appears as a footballer on location in Shanghai, while Novak Djokovic
takes advantage of Dubai’s indoor ski slope.
takes time out from a photo shoot to try rhythmic gymnastics in Los Angeles, while Serena Williams
demonstrates her ice skating abilities at home in Palm Beach. Olympic champions Nicolas Massu
and Fernando Gonzalez
become marathon runners on the streets of Santiago, while wheelchair world No. 1 Esther Vergeer
shows her versatility as a basketball player in the Netherlands.
appears as a sailor, Marcos Baghdatis
as discus thrower, Alicia Molik
as a showjumper, Amelie Mauresmo
as a sprinter, Jelena Jankovic
as a gymnast, Elena Dementieva
as a softball player, Mark Knowles
as swimmer, Shahar Peer
as an archer, Lindsay Davenport
as a volleyball player, Svetlana Kuznetsova
as a snowborder, Nicole Vaidisova
as an ice hockey player, David Ferrer
as cyclist, Anna Chakvetadze
as a javelin thrower, Argentina men's team
as basketball team, China women's team
as handball team, Russia men's team
as hockey team.
The players also give an insight into the part the Olympics has played in their lives, with a series of exclusive interviews looking at their childhood memories, previous Olympic appearances and ambitions for this summer’s Games.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I believe the book shows how proud current tennis players are to represent their countries in the Olympic Games as well as the importance the Olympics has played in their lives. In turn, we have witnessed the continued growth, not only of the Olympic Tennis Event, but also of the international reach of our sport since tennis returned to the Olympic Games in 1988.”
(source Women's Tennis Blog, photo/ITF website)