31 Mar 2008
Olympic Tri-Partite Invitation places announced
The ITF announced that the four Tripartite Commission Invitation places in singles for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Tennis Event have been allocated as follows:
Men (2 places)
Rafael Arevalo (El Salvador)
Komlavi Loglo (Togo)
Women (2 places)
Cara Black (Zimbabwe)
Stephanie Vogt (Liechtenstein)
The Tripartite Commission consists of representatives from the IOC, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the ITF. Invitations into the singles events generally go to players from nations and regions with small Olympic teams. El Salvador, Togo and Liechtenstein will be represented at the Olympic Tennis Event for the first time ever, while Zimbabwe will make its first appearance since 2000.
Arevalo, 21, has already played 22 Davis Cup ties for El Salvador, having made his debut as a 16-year-old in 2003. He reached a career-high ITF Junior World Ranking of No. 10 in 2004 and is currently competing on the ITF Men’s Circuit. Twenty-three-year old Loglo became the first African Junior Champion from Togo in 2002 and achieved a career-high ITF Junior Doubles Ranking of No. 4 the same year. He has also represented his country in Davis Cup and is currently training in Valencia.
Both men have benefited from ITF development programme funding and are currently in receipt of Olympic Solidarity Training Grants for Young Athletes.
Vogt, 17, is currently ranked No. 6 on the ITF Junior World Ranking, having already won two singles and two doubles titles this year in South America. She has played eight Fed Cup ties for Liechtenstein and combines junior competition with ITF Women’s Circuit events.
Black, 29, is the current ITF World Doubles Champion and joint world No. 1 with American partner Liezel Huber. The Zimbabwean has won 40 career doubles titles, including six Grand Slam events. Black previously took part in singles in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, having reached a career-high singles world ranking of No. 31 in 1999.
The entry process for all other places in the tennis event is ongoing, with nations required to return completed entry forms endorsed by their NOC by 3 April. All nations will be advised by 12 June which of their players are eligible for direct entry based on the world rankings of 9 June. Nations/NOCs then have until 23 June to submit their player nominations to the ITF, and applications for ITF places. In the singles events, there will be 56 places allocated on direct acceptance, six ITF Places, and the two Tripartite Commission Invitation places announced today.