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ITF Places (Wild Cards)

02-11-2008, 03:04 PM
Wild Cards

1 Kevin Anderson, South Africa
2 Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden
3 Kei Nishikori, Japan
4 Nicolas Massu, Chile
5 Max Mirnyi, Belarus
6 Peng Sun, China

03-29-2008, 05:15 PM
Aisam desirous to take part in Olympics

Saturday, March 29, 2008

LAHORE: Pakistan tennis player Aisam ul Haq has said that his immediate task is to present Pakistan in Olympics in Beijing this August.

“ I am just 37 spots away from qualifying for the Olympics and If I do so, I will be the first Pakistani to play in Olympics and I am really focused to this task and I want to be in top 100 by giving my best in five tournaments ahead of Olympics “, he added.

Aisam’s father, Ihtesham ud haq informed that Pakistan tennis federation and Pakistan olympic association have made a joint representation to International Olympic Committee for awarding a wild card to Aisam for taking part in Olympics, in case he fails to qualify.

Aisam said the sponsorship deal by Pepsi would help him to further raise the level of his game and ranking and he is thankful to them for extending support to tennis.

“ I want to serve tennis and this deal is a big opening for me to do more in tennis and I want to pass on my guidance to coming tennis players by conducting coaching clinics “, he said.

He said he is confident to take Pakistan to Group II of Asia Oceania of Davis Cup when Pakistan plays in Group III next month in Iran.

Aisam said it was good to see that youth is taking keen interest in tennis and a lot of young players are playing tennis.

“ We need to expand the base of the game by evolving maximum activity at grass root level and we need a lot of sponsorship on the pattern of cricket to inspire youth to take up tennis as a sport”, he added.

06-04-2008, 03:36 PM
WC for Massu pls!!

06-18-2008, 03:02 PM
Any news on the Wild-Cards??

06-26-2008, 07:20 PM
Wildcard for Massu :D

06-30-2008, 03:51 PM Jun 2008
ITF places announced for 2008 Olympic Tennis Event

The ITF announced today that that the following six men and six women would receive ITF Places in the upcoming Olympic Tennis Event in Beijing. ITF Places are awarded to players who do not meet the direct acceptance requirements of the tournament but who, in the view of the ITF Olympic Committee, meet other criteria that would enhance the field for the 2008 competition.

Men’s Singles

Kevin Anderson, South Africa
Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden
Kei Nishikori, Japan
Nicolas Massu, Chile
Max Mirnyi, Belarus
Peng Sun, China

Women’s Singles

Maria Koryttseva, Ukraine
Yung-Jan Chan, Chinese Taipei
Ayumi Morita, Japan
Nuria Llagostera-Vives, Spain
Alicia Molik, Australia
Selima Sfar, Tunisia

The entry of these players has been endorsed by their respective National Associations and National Olympic Committees.

“Each of the players who has been awarded an ITF Place brings special qualities to the field for the 2008 Olympic Tennis Event," said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “Some of the players are young competitors from under-represented parts of the world while others are former medallists or long-standing participants in their country’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup efforts. Their desire to represent their countries in Beijing – and the desire of their countries to be represented by them – is in the true spirit of Olympic competition.”

“This is probably the best news I've had since 2004,” said Molik. “I have played in two Olympics and I have to say they're the absolute highlight of my career. Nothing comes close to playing in the Olympics, representing your country. It is the most amazing experience any individual can have. It was always a childhood dream of mine.”

“This is fantastic news,” said Jonas Bjorkman. “It was my goal to make the Olympics this year, which is my last as a professional player. It will be my third participation after Atlanta and Athens and it's my dream to end my career with an Olympic medal for Sweden."

“I'm very happy. I'm always glad to represent my country,” said Massu. “Playing for Chile is always a top priority for me, especially because of the great memories I have from four years ago.”

06-30-2008, 04:08 PM
Jonas :woohoo: :D

Max :eek: :yeah:

06-30-2008, 05:31 PM
Björkman is one joke of a wildcard. Same goes for Massu.

06-30-2008, 05:51 PM
No Qureshi...

06-30-2008, 09:17 PM
Björkman is one joke of a wildcard. Same goes for Massu.
Petzschner should have got one right? :p ;)

06-30-2008, 09:30 PM
I am very happy for Jonas :bounce: :bounce:

He so deserves this, especially as it will be his last chance at Olympics :)

He has (had) such an outstanding career many other players can only dream of ;)

07-01-2008, 01:57 AM
Jonas, Kei (please don't retire), Max :yeah:

Hopefully Peng Sun does not get double bageled. :help:

07-01-2008, 11:05 AM
Wild Cards

1 Kevin Anderson, South Africa
2 Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden
3 Kei Nishikori, Japan
4 Nicolas Massu, Chile
5 Max Mirnyi, Belarus
6 Peng Sun, China

1 for Africa
2 for Europe
1 for Asia
1 for America
1 for Home Country

Doesn't sound bad actually.

07-01-2008, 11:08 AM
Arevalo and Loglo are basically wildcards too.

07-01-2008, 11:14 AM
Arevalo and Loglo are basically wildcards too.

These two will be the tennis version of that swimmer in Sydney! :haha:

07-03-2008, 08:46 AM
Arevalo can play and Loglo also.

Björkman deserves it for his sportsmanship and so on. He loves to represent his country and the ITF knows it.