Finally the Beijing Olympics 2008 has begun!
While some tennis players have their personal views and issues (such as injury) that keep them from taking part in this world's biggest games, most of them including tennis star players join their compatriots for a historical moment at the Opening Ceremony, in the National Stadium or better known as the Bird's Nest.
Flag bearers including Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Fernando Gonzalez (Chile) certainly made tennis and their countries proud. Other tennis players spotted are Rafael Nadal (Spain), Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Andy Murray (UK), Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) and Lindsay Davenport (USA). There also a picture of Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) taking picture of his tennis player girlfriend Nicole Vaidisova (Czech Republic). Their pictures are in sequence.
Lindsay Davenport, however, pulls out from the women's single draw due to knee injury. However she will still be playing doubles with partner Liezel Huber.
And by the way, Jelena Jankovic skips the Opening Ceremony cited injury she got during Friday's training session.
I missed the front part of the Opening Ceremony. Hope to catch the rerun of the event later.
(Images via Yahoo! Sports, ATP and Getty Images)