Tennis - Argentina's Gabriela Sabatini and David Nalbandian have been named as Athletic Role Models for the third Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Buenos Aires in October next year. The 2018 Youth Olympics takes place from 6th October to 18th October next year and includes the Youth Olympic Tennis Event which takes place between 7th and 14th October.
47-year-old Sabatini won the US Open singles title in 1990 and also won a silver medal at the singles event at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. According to the ITF, Sabatini is the youngest ever Fed Cup player for Argentina, having played 15 times for her country and jointly holds the Argentine record for most Fed Cup match wins.
35-year-old Nalbandian reached the finals at Wimbledon in 2002 and also peaked at No. 3 in the rankings, just like Sabatini. He won a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and played Davis Cup for Argentina for 11 years, before retiring in 2013.
Sabatini and Nalbandian said they were both excited about their appointment as the role models. Sabatini commented, "Sport has provided tremendous opportunities throughout my life and I look forward to helping inspire a new generation of players and fans.
Having the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will be a wonderful occasion, and I am excited to have the chance to be involved and use my experience to give back both to my sport and my home city.” Nalbandian commented, “It is an honour to have been chosen to represent tennis as an Athlete Role Model for the Youth Olympic Games because it suggests I have left a footprint on our sport beyond simply what I achieved in my career.
Being selected for this role is more meaningful than any of the trophies I won in my playing days.” Also Read - Judy Murray Gets an OBE for her services to tennis