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Beijing Olympics Singles Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated August 7, 2008)

Tournament Name: 2008 OLYMPIC TENNIS EVENT
Location: Beijing, China
Dates: Sunday 10–Sunday 17 August
64 Draw Singles/32 Draw Doubles

SITE: Beijing Olympic Tennis Centre, Olympic Green
SURFACE: Hard court-DecoTurf II
BALL: Wilson US Open
WEB SITE: http://www.itftennis.com/olympics/


Main draw: Thursday, August 7, 11:00 a.m.
Doubles draw: Thursday, August 7, 11:00 a.m.


ATP Ranking Points/ATP Race Points
Gold: 400/80
Silver: 280/56
Bronze: 205/41
SF: 155/31
QF: 100/20
R16: 50/10
R32: 25/5
R64: 5/1

Entry Deadline: June 9, 2008
Seeding: August 4, 2008


1 Federer Roger SUI 1
2 Nadal Rafael ESP 2
3 Djokovic Novak SRB 3
4 Davydenko Nikolay RUS 4
5 Ferrer David ESP 5
6 Blake James USA 7
7 Nalbandian David ARG 8
8 Wawrinka Stanislas SUI 9
9 Murray Andy GBR 11
10 Berdych Tomas CZE 12
11 Almagro Nicolas ESP 13
OUT Tsonga Jo-Wilfried FRA 14
13 Gonzalez Fernando CHI 15
14 Stepanek Radek CZE 16
15 Mathieu Paul-Henri FRA 17
16 Youzhny Mikhail RUS 18
17 Robredo Tommy ESP 19
18 Monaco Juan ARG 21
OUT Karlovic Ivo CRO 22
OUT Baghdatis Marcos CYP 23
21 Nieminen Jarkko FIN 25
OUT Ljubicic Ivan CRO 27
23 Simon Gilles FRA 28
24 Tursunov Dmitry RUS 29
25 Hewitt Lleyton AUS 30
26 Seppi Andreas ITA 31
27 Monfils Gael FRA 32
28 Andreev Igor RUS 34
29 Kiefer Nicolas GER 38
30 Tipsarevic Janko SRB 39
OUT Kohlschreiber Philipp GER 40
32 Querrey Sam USA 41
33 Soderling Robin SWE 42
OUT Ancic Mario CRO 44
OUT Chela Juan Ignacio ARG 45
36 Bolelli Simone ITA 47
37 Canas Guillermo ARG 48
38 Gulbis Ernests LAT 51
39 Darcis Steve BEL 53
40 Lee Hyung-Taik KOR 55
41 Cilic Marin CRO 56
42 Starace Potito ITA 58
43 Ginepri Robby USA 59
OUT *Haase Robin NED 62
45 Lapentti Nicolas ECU 63
OUT *Sela Dudi ISR 65
OUT *Gremelmayr Denis GER 66
48 Rochus Olivier BEL 67
49 Bellucci Thomaz BRA 68
50 Johansson Thomas SWE 69
51 Hrbaty Dominik SVK @70
52 Minar Ivo CZE 71
53 Hanescu Victor ROU 72
54 Lu Yen-Hsun TPE 73
OUT Koubek Stefan AUT 74
56 Daniel Marcos BRA 75
57 (ITF Place) Anderson Kevin RSA
58 (ITF Place) Bjorkman Jonas SWE
59 (ITF Place) Nishikori Kei JPN
60 (ITF Place) Massu Nicolas CHI
61 (ITF Place) Mirnyi Max BLR
62 (ITF Place) Sun Peng CHN
63 (Tripartite) Loglo Komlavi TOG
64 (Tripartite) Arevalo Rafael ESA
(ALT) Llodra, Michael FRA (replaces Tsonga)
(ALT) Calleri, Agustin ARG (replaces Chela)
(ALT) Niemeyer, Frank CAN (replaces Ancic)
(ALT) Zeng, Shaoxuan CHN (replaces Kohlschreiber)
(ALT) Yu, Xinyuan CHN (replaces Karlovic)
(ALT) Mullings, Devin BAH (replaces Ljubicic)


First Alternates
IN Guccione Chris AUS 79 (replaces Koubek)
IN Melzer Jurgen AUT 81 (replaces Haase)
IN Vanek Jiri CZE 82 (replaces Baghdatis)
IN Schuettler, Rainer GER (replaces Sela)
IN Dancevic, Frank CAN (replaces Gremelmayr)

* Entry not yet confirmed by National Olympic Committee

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Re: Beijing Olympics Singles Entry List (updated July 2, 2008)

http://www.itftennis.com/olympics/ne...rticleid=18892
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02 Jul 2008
ITF Announces Direct Acceptance List

The ITF announced today 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.

Led by the world No. 1s, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 17 of the top 20 men and 18 of the top 20 women will compete in Beijing.

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. In the top twenty only Andy Roddick (USA) and Richard Gasquet (FRA) declined to participate and Fernando Verdasco (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 (RUS) declining to participate and Marion Bartoli (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.

The Olympic Tennis Event will be played from Sunday, 10 August, through Sunday, 17 August, 2008 at the new Olympic Tennis Center in Beijing, China. The 2004 Olympic gold medallists were Nicolas Massu (CHI), Justine Henin (BEL), Fernando Gonzalez/Nicolas Massu (CHI) and Ting Li/Tian Tian Sun (CHN). 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.
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Re: Beijing Olympics Singles Entry List (updated July 2, 2008)

C´mon Brazil!!!!
Good luck for Thomaz Bellucci and Marcos Daniel in singles...
In doubles draw, Marcelo Melo with André Sá in Beijing...

THOMAZ BELLUCCI - MARCOS DANIEL - TIAGO FERNANDES - JOÃO "FEIJÃO" - FERNANDO MELIGENI - RICARDO MELLO - THIAGO ALVES - JULIO SILVA - CAIO ZAMPIERI - GUSTAVO KUERTEN - RICARDO HOCEVAR - MARCELO MELO - ANDRÉ SÁ - BRUNO SOARES
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Darcis and Rochus probably can't go

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In the top twenty only Andy Roddick (USA) and Richard Gasquet (FRA) declined to participate and Fernando Verdasco (ESP) is ineligible because he is the fifth qualified player from Spain.
How come Gasquet decided not participated in this year's Olympics? Does he have any prior commitment on other tourney? How come Bartoli and Ferdasco are ineligible to play? are there too much players on their team already??

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How come Bartoli and Ferdasco are ineligible to play? are there too much players on their team already??
Bartoli has never played Fed Cup; Verdasco was the #5 player from Spain at the entry deadline:
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Entry Deadline: June 9, 2008
Seeding: August 4, 2008


39 Darcis* Steve BEL 53
44 Haase* Robin NED 62
46 Sela* Dudi ISR 65
47 Gremelmayr* Denis GER 66
48 Rochus* Olivier BEL 67
* Entry not yet confirmed by National Olympic Committee
Could a National Olympic Committee select another player

Dancevic so sad, especially since Nestor has decided to play doubles with Niemeyer.

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Could a National Olympic Committee select another player
If they aren't eligible by their NOC's criteria, then other players from their countries ranked below them won't be either.

Those players must expect that their NOCs aren't going to change their decisions as all of them have entered Washington:
Washington Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated August 10, 2008)

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If they aren't eligible by their NOC's criteria, then other players from their countries ranked below them won't be either.
Well, it actually IS possibly, since e.g. in Germany one of the qualifying criteria of the National Olympic Comittee is to have reached a Grand Slam quarter final. So if Rainer Schüttler would have reached the semi-final in Paris instead of Wimbledon (which unfortunatley comes some weeks to late), he could have been nominated instead of higher ranked German players like Gremelmayr or even Kohlschreiber ...
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Re: Beijing Olympics Singles Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated July 2, 2008)

what happens if a player from this acceptance list withdraws now because of injury? For example if a French player withdraws, will the No 5 French player take his place or will it be the first player from the alternate list Guccione??
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I think it depends when they withdraw. According to a recent article in L'Equipe, if Tsonga retires until the 23rd of July, Llodra will take his place. The article wasn't very clear, but I guess that if he retires later, he will be replaced by an alternate.
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How come Gasquet decided not participated in this year's Olympics? Does he have any prior commitment on other tourney?
He wants to focus on the US Open, he announced his decision at the end of the French Open already.

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Bartoli has never played Fed Cup
Bartoli used to play Fed Cup, actually, she played in the final against Russia in 2004. Do they need to have played in Davis Cup or Fed Cup in the past 2 years only? But she didn't want to play anyway, she's in conflict with the FFT, already said at the beginning of the year she wouldn't play at the Olympics.

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Bartoli used to play Fed Cup, actually, she played in the final against Russia in 2004. Do they need to have played in Davis Cup or Fed Cup in the past 2 years only? But she didn't want to play anyway, she's in conflict with the FFT, already said at the beginning of the year she wouldn't play at the Olympics.
Officially players are required to make themselves available for Davis Cup/Fed Cup two out of the last four years (since the last Olympics). One of the two years must be in the last two years. Some national federations certify players who haven't met those requirements (Sharapova) because they want the best players to play. Some national federations have only had a small numbers of players who actually played during the qualifying period (the U.S. for example), but will certify all players who are in good standing unless they have flat out refused to play when chosen. I'm not an expert on the inner workings of the FFT, but I have read more than one English language interview that Bartoli & Rezai have both refused to play so they were told long before the entry deadline they wouldn't be eligible.
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OK, thanks a lot. I knew it was just about having made themselves available, but I didn't know one of the two times had to be in the last two years. Bartoli has indeed clearly refused to play all the recent ties (in particular after her Wimbledon final and in 2008, when she was French number 1).
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Haase won't play (knee surgery)

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