Unsure of their participation on the Tokyo Olympics, India’s tennis players are “confused” in regards to the standards that has been adopted for finalising the entries as these ranked under them have been confirmed participation however they nonetheless do not know what precisely the cut-off mark is for the Games.
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan with a mixed rank of 113 couldn’t make the reduce when the June 14 rankings have been thought-about for entries however resulting from withdrawals, the vacated locations have been supplied to subsequent eligible players.
Many players, who didn’t make the reduce earlier, have introduced their participation even because the ITF has not formally made public the cut-off mark.
The lack of transparency within the course of is what the Indian players are questioning.
“The most confusing part as a player is even though the entry deadline has passed for Olympics, we have no idea on what the exact cut off of rankings are,” Bopanna advised PTI from Bengaluru.
“I have been asking ATP when I was in London (for Wimbledon) but unfortunately they themselves have no concrete answer to this,” the 41-year-old stated.
Singles participant Prajnesh Gunneswaran stated it was irritating that they don’t have entry to information concerning the cut-off mark.
“Honestly, I don’t have much idea about the process. But I do believe that there should be an easier way to check the list as it keeps moving. We need clarification so that players can be prepared,” the Chennai left-hander advised PTI.
“We shouldn’t have to ask around and find out what the list and the cut off is,” he rued.
Bopanna, solely the fourth Indian players to win a Grand Slam title, was questioning how players with a decrease mixed rank have been chosen forward of him and Sharan.
He was referring to the Spanish workforce of Pablo Andujar and Roberto Carballes Baena, which had a mixed rank of 170.
“I’ve a heard from few players who’ve certified from their nation however mixed rating is means under the rating of Divij Sharan & myself.
“It has been said that singles players who have qualified get the priority over doubles players for a doubles event,” he stated.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has made it clear that they’ll give precedence to the singles players, who’re already within the singles draw, to refill locations within the doubles draw.
“Because we have reached the quota in terms of numbers of athletes allowed on site, we are now having to prioritise doubles teams with at least one singles player in the draw,” an ITF official advised PTI.
This is what shocked Bopanna, who stated it’s unfair.
“Singles and doubles are fully two totally different disciplines with totally different talent units and I really feel sooner or later hopefully that is thought-about for qualification.
“It’s like they are saying if someone goes for 100 metres, let him run in 800m also since it’s track and field. Or long jump if someone is qualified, let him do high jump also. It makes no sense,” he stated.
Recently Czech Republic’s Tomas Machac introduced on his Instagram web page that he’ll compete at Tokyo Games.
Now Machac was 145th within the ATP rating list on June 14 whereas India’s Sumit Nagal was ranked 144th on the identical day however didn’t make the reduce.
Asked about this, the ITF official defined that, “Tomas Machac has received the ITF Place (Final Qualification Place) for a player from a country in Europe not already represented in the event.”