Indian tennis players question lack of information on Olympic selection list
Unsure of their participation in the Tokyo Olympics, Indian tennis players are “puzzled” as to the criteria adopted to finalize the entries, as those ranked below them have been confirmed, but they still do not know exactly what is the limit. is for the Games.
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan with a combined ranking of 113 were unable to qualify when the June 14 ranking was factored into entries, but due to withdrawals the vacated spots were offered to the next eligible players.
Many players, who have not crossed the threshold earlier, have announced their participation even though the ITF has not officially released the selection threshold.
The lack of transparency in the process is what Indian actors question.
“The most confusing part as a player is that even though the Olympics entry deadline has passed, we have no idea exactly where the ranking limit is,” Bopanna told PTI from Bengaluru.
“I asked ATP when I was in London (for Wimbledon) but unfortunately they themselves have no concrete answer to that,” said the 41-year-old.
Singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran said it was frustrating not having access to information about the limit.
“Honestly, I don’t have a lot of ideas on the process. But I think there should be an easier way to check the roster as it keeps moving forward. We need some clarification so the players can be prepared, ”said the Chennai southpaw. said PTI.
“We shouldn’t have to ask around and find out what’s the list and the limit,” he regretted.
Bopanna, only the fourth Indian player to win a Grand Slam title, wondered how players with a lower combined rank were selected before him and Sharan.
He was referring to the Spanish team of Pablo Andujar and Roberto Carballes Baena, who had a combined rank of 170.
“I have heard of a few players who have qualified in their country, but the combined ranking is much lower than the ranking of Divij Sharan and myself.
“It has been said that singles players who qualify have priority over doubles players for a doubles event,” he said.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has made it clear that it will give priority to singles players, who are already in the singles table, to fill places in the doubles table.
“Because we have reached the quota in terms of the number of athletes allowed on site, we now need to prioritize doubles teams with at least one singles player in the draw,” an ITF official told PTI.
That’s what surprised Bopanna, who said it was unfair.
“Singles and doubles are two completely different disciplines with different skills and I hope that in the future I hope that will be taken into account for the qualification.
“It’s like they say if somebody’s 100m, let them run 800m too since that’s athletics. Or long jump if someone is qualified, let them run. also doing high jump. It doesn’t make sense, “he said.
Recently, Czech Tomas Machac announced on his Instagram page that he would participate in the Tokyo Games.
Now Machac was 145th in the ATP ranking list on June 14th while Indian Sumit Nagal was ranked 144th on the same day but did not make the cut.
Asked about this, the ITF official explained that “Tomas Machac has received the ITF (Final Qualifying Place) place for a player from a European country who is not yet represented in the event.
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