We can claim victory at London 2012, says British tennis duo Hutchins and Fleming
Monday, 13 February 2012
February 13 - British tennis hopes may seem forever focused on Andy Murray, but the improving Ross Hutchins (pictured left) and Colin Fleming (right) doubles partnership have told insidethegames that they can serve their way to victory at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The pair helped Britain beat Slovakia 3-2 in the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I clash in Glasgow at the weekend.
They also reached the quarterfinals of both Wimbledon and the US Open during 2011, before winning the St Petersburg Open in October to cap an impressive year.
Hutchins is confident that they can do themselves justice and secure a medal for the home crowd at London 2012.
"We are very likely to qualify as the cut off is in April so it's done on rankings then but if it was right now we should be there," he told insidethegames.
"We can't wait it'll be a great experience and something to be proud of.
"We're aiming to do as well as we can there's no reason why we can't [claim gold]."
Between them, the pair cites the American Bryan brothers (pictured), the ATP number one double's pair and 11 times Grand Slam champions, as the main obstacle to their chances of success.
This week Fleming and Hutchins saw their quality first hand as they were knocked out by the Americans at the Australian Open following a tough three set contest.
Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010, and six times French Open winner Rafael Nadal will also pose a significant challenge alongside David Ferrer, as well as Roger Federer.
The Swiss legend and his partner Stanislas Wawrinka will be defending their doubles title from the Beijing 2008 Games.
Fleming said: "it's such an exciting prospect to think you could play alongside and against the best players in the world and that event will be at the Olympics at Wimbledon.
"You can't ask for more as a tennis player."
Hutchins is not fazed by their talents either, insisting that "if we play like this year at Wimbledon where we had chances to be in the semis, we are a better team now than then so have a good chance."
It will be particularly special for the 26-year-old, who was brought up in Wimbledon and is looking forward to the unique chance to compete in the Olympic Games at the venue.
"I can't even express how pumped I am – it's my home club, my favourite tournament on grass, my first Olympics," Hutchins said.
"All of this is a bit of a fairy tale story but I won't be blown away by that because I want to knuckle down, focus and do my best to win medals.
"It'll be slightly different because Wimbledon is very quiet during points but during Olympics there should be a raucous crowd going nuts."