ITF announces direct acceptance list in July 2008
The International Tennis Federation announced the direct acceptance list for the 2008 Olympic Tennis Event in singles and doubles. For both men and women, this is the strongest field ever to enter the Olympic Tennis Event since tennis returned as a full medal sport in Seoul 1988.
Fifty-six players are entered based on their singles ranking of 9 June 2008, following Roland Garros, with a limit of four singles players per gender per country. Players must also be in good standing with their National Association and have met the minimum participation requirements for Davis Cup and Fed Cup.
All five of the top men will compete in Beijing.
Not Olympians in 2008
In the top twenty only Andy Roddick United States (also known as USA) and Richard Gasquet France (also known as FRA) declined to participate and Fernando Verdasco Spain (also known as ESP) is ineligible because he is the fifth qualified player from Spain. Seven of the top ten women will compete in Beijing with only Anna Chakvetadze Russia (also known as RUS) declining to participate and Marion Bartoli France (also known as FRA) who is ineligible.
Some men players included in the direct acceptance list have qualified under the ITF’s entry criteria, approved by the International Olympic Committee, but their entry has not yet been confirmed by their respective National Olympic Committees. The ITF continues to object to the exclusion of these players who have worked hard to establish their ranking which is a fair, transparent and equitable means for entry for tennis athletes. The ITF is discussing this situation with the International Olympic Committee, who approved its entry criteria, with the hope that this situation will be resolved in favour of these deserving players.
In addition, included is a list of the first three eligible men and women who will enter the draw if there is a withdrawal by a player whose country does not have a qualified alternate.
Olympic Tennis History
2008 Olympic Tennis Event
From Sunday, 10 August, 2008, through Sunday, 17 August, 2008 at the new Olympic Tennis Center in Beijing, China.
Tennis was a part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
The first woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport was tennis player Charlotte Cooper GBR at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris.
After the 1924 Paris Games, tennis withdrew from the Olympics but returned as a demonstration event in 1984 Los Angeles and returned as a full medal sport in 1988 Seoul.