Not sure if they will take part in the Tokyo Olympics, Indian tennis players are “confused” by the accepted criteria for finishing tickets, as those below them have confirmed their participation, but still don’t know at what point the cut mark is for the Games. Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, who have a combined level of 113, were unable to make the cut when the June 14 qualifiers were considered for entries, but due to withdrawals, the vacancies have been offered to the next eligible players.
Many players who did not make the cut earlier have announced their involvement, although the ITF has not officially made it public.
It is the lack of transparency in the process that Indian players are questioning.
“Although the most confusing part as a player has been the entry period for the Olympics, we don’t know what the exact cut of the standings is,” Bopanna told PTI from Bengaluru.
“I used to ask the ATP when I was in London (for Wimbledon), but unfortunately they don’t have a specific answer to that,” the 41-year-old said.
Individual player Prajnesh Gunneswaran has said it is disappointing not to have access to information about the cut mark.
“I really don’t have much of an idea about the process. But I think there should be an easier way to check that the list keeps moving. We need instructions to get the players ready,” the Chennai leftist told PTI.
“We shouldn’t ask around and know what the list is cutting,” he said.
Bopanna, who was only the fourth Indian player to win the Grand Slam title, was wondering how the lower level combined players had chosen himself and Sharan before.
Pablo Andujar and Roberto Carballes Baena was talking about the Spanish team, which had a combined level of 170.
“I’ve heard of some players who have qualified from their country, but the combined standings are below Divij Sharan and me.
“It has been said that individual players who qualify get priority over doubles players in a doubles test,” he said.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has made it clear that it will give priority to individual players who are already in the individual draw to fill the positions in the doubles.
“Because we have secured a quota in terms of the number of athletes allowed on the site, we need to give priority to doubles teams with at least one individual player in the draw,” an ITF official told PTI.
This is what surprised Bopanna, who said it was unfair.
“Individually and in pairs are two different disciplines with different skill sets and I hope that in the future this will be taken into account in classifying them.
“It’s like saying if someone does 100 meters, let them run at 800 meters, because it’s a track or a field. Or if someone’s long jump is qualified, let them do the high jump as well. It doesn’t make sense,” he said.
Tomas Machac recently announced on his Instagram page that he will be competing in the Tokyo Games.
Now Machac was 145th on the ATP rankings on June 14, ranking 144th in India’s Sumit Nagal on the same day, but he didn’t make the cut.
Asked about it, the ITF official explained, “Tomas Machac received the ITF Place (Final Qualification Place) for a player from a European country who is not already represented at the event.”
Topics mentioned in this article