Boland's double has helped Britain to the top of the overall Olympic tennis medal list with 44, although that has much to do with past glories, this year's hosts having won only one medal since 1924. The United States have claimed the most gold medals with 17.
Since being restored to the programme, the tennis tournament has been graced by some of the legends of the game.
Steffi Graf landed the women's singles gold for West Germany in 1988, beating Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina in the final, while her future husband, Andre Agassi, struck gold for the United States in the men's singles in 1996.
Venus Williams, another famous American player, triumphed in the women's singles in 2000 and partnered sister Serena to the women's doubles title in 2000 and 2008.
The format in London will largely follow that of a Grand Slam event in that it will feature singles and doubles knockout tournaments for men and women, as well as mixed doubles.
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