Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde are the 27th most successful tennis players in the history of the Olympic Games thank to their two medals in 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney doubles. They are on the same position as Roger Federer.
“That’s a fantastic fact,” admitted Woodforde in an interview to the Olympics website. “I’m going to be dropping it into conversations from now on. It’s never too shabby to be level with Roger Federer at anything.
I can be introduced as a 17-time grand slam champion [he won a men’s doubles slam without Woodbridge, and five mixed doubles slams], which is pretty neat, but I’ve learned that I don’t need it. I can simply say ‘I’m Mark Woodforde, an Olympian who was able to win a gold and silver’ and that kills it.
I don’t need the rest of the career”. “In the end, we lost, not because we played badly but because our Canadian opponents did exceptionally well. It was disappointing but afterwards we said, ‘Even though we’ve got silver around our necks, our partnership together has been a gold-medal one.’ It was a way of dealing with losing maybe, but it was meaningful, to put it in that context.
I often do talks in schools and take my medals in, and it’s amazing to see the effect on both kids and adults. They’re mesmerising. People gravitate towards them."