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ITF announces entries for Rio 2016 Olympics

The ITF has announced the provisional list of singles and doubles entries for the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park on 6-14 August. Fifty-one countries will compete in this year’s event.

Andy Murray (GBR) and Serena Williams (USA) will defend their London 2012 singles titles, while Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), and Venus and Serena Williams (USA) will defend their doubles titles. Entries for the mixed doubles will be confirmed on site during the Olympic Tennis Event.

Sixty-four players will contest both the men’s and women’s singles. Entries for both events are a combination of direct acceptances and final qualification places based on the singles world rankings of 6 June, plus two Tripartite Commission Invitation Places.

Thirty-two teams will contest both the men’s and women’s doubles, with entries a combination of direct acceptances and final qualification places. Entries are based on the combined world rankings of each team on 6 June, with each player using the better of their singles and doubles world ranking. Any player ranked in the doubles Top 10 on 6 June was eligible for direct acceptance with a partner of any ranking.

There is a limit of four singles players per gender per country. Nations were also able to nominate up to two doubles teams per event, with a maximum of six players per gender per country in total.

Entries are also subject to players being in good standing with their National Association and meeting the minimum participation requirements in Davis Cup and Fed Cup. The ITF Olympic Committee will discuss any outstanding men’s appeals on Friday 15 July on behalf of any player who still has the opportunity to compete in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas ties on 15-17 July.

Entries for the 16-team mixed doubles event will be determined on site from those players already participating in singles or doubles, with a maximum of two teams per country. Teams have to be nominated by their National Olympic Committee by the deadline of 9 August.

The Olympic Tennis Event will be played on hard court, with ten match courts and six practice courts, including a 10,000-capacity centre court, and two additional show courts seating 5,000 and 3,000 spectators respectively.

The Draw for the Olympic Tennis Event will be held on site at the Olympic Tennis Centre on Thursday 4th August at 11am local time.

ITF President David Haggerty said: “We are delighted to welcome another outstanding field to the Olympic Tennis Event. Since the return of tennis to the Olympics in 1988, the event has continued to grow at each Games, with the current generation of players embracing this unique opportunity in our sport. We expect that the competition in each discipline will be fierce, and look forward to some memorable matches.”

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 at 1984 Los Angeles and as a full medal sport at 1988 Seoul.

full list of entries

http://www.itftennis.com/news/232270.aspx

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Rio 2016: Caroline Wozniacki cleared to play at Olympic Games

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki will represent Denmark at Rio 2016 after overturning an International Tennis Federation (ITF) ban.

The ITF said 25-year-old Wozniacki - selected as the Danish flagbearer for the Olympic Games - had not played enough Fed Cup games to qualify.

The Danish Tennis Federation appealed against the decision as an ankle injury had forced her to miss matches.

"It's been a long wait but I am officially going to Rio," she said.

As well as featuring in at least three Fed Cup matches, players must also be in the top 56 of the world rankings.

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http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/36677314

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Sharapova appeal to CAS against two-year doping ban deferred until September

A Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing into the two-year doping ban awarded to Maria Sharapova last month has been deferred until September, ending any faint hope of her competing at the Olympic Games.

The Russian was ruled out of action until January 2018 after being handed a backdated suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) last month following her positive doping test for meldonium.

Sharapova admitted to using the substance after it was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on January 1, but claims she took it for health reasons stretching back to 2006.

This was disputed by the ITF Tribunal, however, who outlined its endurance-boosting effects.

They ruled that she was the "sole author" of her misfortune and bore "sole responsibility for the contravention, and very significant fault".

She launched her appeal to CAS on the grounds that the Tribunal also concluded that her use of the product was "not intentional", with a verdict initially due by July 18.

"Maria Sharapova and the ITF have agreed to defer the CAS decision until September 2016," said a CAS statement today.

"Due to the parties requiring additional time to complete and respond to their respective evidentiary submissions, and several scheduling conflicts, the parties have agreed not to expedite the appeal.

"A decision is expected to be issued by September 19, 2016.

"On June 9 2016, Maria Sharapova filed an appeal against the decision issued on June 6 2016 by the Tribunal appointed by the ITF.

"In her appeal to the CAS, Ms Sharapova seeks the annulment of the Tribunal’s decision to sanction her with a two-year period of ineligibility further to an anti-doping rule violation.

"Ms Sharapova submits that the period of ineligibility should be eliminated, or in the alternative, reduced."

Maria%20Sharapova%20Wimbledon.jpgMaria Sharapova could be ruled out until shortly before her 31st birthday ©Getty Images

Heart-attack drug meldonium was added to the banned list at the beginning of the year after WADA claimed there was evidence that it was being used for performance enhancing purposes.

WADA admitted in April, however, that more research was required to calculate how long the product remains in the human body.

It was ruled that if below one microgram of meldonium was detected and the failed test came before March 1, a negligence or no fault verdict could be reached.

Since the ban was issued, WADA have announced even more lenient concessions in which athletes who returned a positive test for the heart-attack drug between January 1 and February 29 can also be given a “no fault” verdict if their sample contained less than five micrograms of meldonium.

The Tribunal dismissed Sharapova's claim that she was prescribed the drug by her doctor for health issues dating back to 2006, including magnesium deficiency, an irregular heartbeat and a family history of diabetes.

"The manner of its use, on match days and when undertaking intensive training, is only consistent with an intention to boost her energy levels," they ruled, including a note from her doctor advising her to take pills before key matches and training sessions.

If the ban remains in place, she would be ruled out until shortly before her 31st birthday.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1039472/sharapova-appeal-to-cas-against-two-year-doping-ban-deferred-until-september

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Roger Federer has announced he will not compete at the Olympic Games and will miss the rest of 2016 in order to treat an injury.

 

Federer, 34, reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon, where he lost to Milos Raonic, but the 17-time Slam winner underwent surgery on a knee injury in February which forced him to miss the French Open.

It was the first Slam the Swiss great had not competed in since 1998, but his announcement on Tuesday means Federer will not take part in the US Open either, and he will also miss the Olympics, surely ending his hopes of ever winning a singles gold - although he did win doubles gold in Beijing in 2008.

Federer said that he took the decision in the advice of doctors as he aims to prolong his career for as long as possible.

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http://asia.eurosport.com/tennis/rio/2016/fitness-problems-rule-federer-out-of-olympics-and-rest-of-2016_sto5699250/story.shtml

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Martina Hingis out of Olympic mixed doubles, gets new doubles partner

 

Martina Hingis will not play mixed doubles in her return to the Olympics for the first time since her Atlanta 1996 debut, but she did get a new doubles partner.

Hingis, a 35-year-old five-time Grand Slam singles champion from the late 1990s, will play with Timea Bacsinszky in Rio.

Hingis lost her original Olympic doubles and mixed doubles partners in a two-day span last week, when Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer both withdrew due to injuries.

Hingis is ruled out of mixed doubles since the only other Swiss male player, Stan Wawrinka, wants to concentrate on singles.

Hingis will not play singles in Rio, as she is now a doubles specialist on the WTA Tour, ranking No. 1 in the world.

 

http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/07/31/martina-hingis-timea-bacsinszky-tennis-olympics-doubles-rio/

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On 6 August 2016 at 2:19 AM, Al in NYC said:

Tennis draw was made yesterday.   Djokovic's first round match will actually be a rematch of the London bronze medal match, as he will take on defending bronze medalist Juan Del Potro

And Djokovic makes a quick exit. Guess that's good for me in the Krowsweep.

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On 14/08/2016 at 0:23 AM, Ikarus360 said:

Another historic moment. Puerto Rico has won their first gold medal ever thanks to Monica Puig, winning the Female's finals. 

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Monica is the first unseeded player to win the singles gold medal since Marc Rosset at 1992 Barcelona!

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13 hours ago, MrkFC said:

Great to see Andy Murray winning successive Olympic gold medals. Considering that he won 3 grandslams, I would say he made a better mark at the Olympics than at the grandslam stage.

 

Andy becomes the first player to successfully defend the Olympic singles gold medal title and he did it on 2 different surfaces! 

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