Tokyo Olympics: As of now Rohan and Divij not in, will wait for final list, says AITA Secretary

Tokyo Olympics: As of now Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan not in, will wait for final list, says AITA Secretary-General Anil Dhupar
Tokyo Olympics: As of now Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan not in, will wait for final list, says AITA Secretary-General Anil Dhupar

Tokyo Olympics: When All India Tennis Association (AITA) Secretary-General Anil Dhupar was contacted, he said he will be able to give a clear picture only when he has the complete entry list in his hands.

Tokyo Olympics: As of now Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan not in, will wait for final list, says AITA Secretary-General Anil Dhupar

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Despite some withdrawals, the cut for 22 teams out of 24 direct acceptances was as high as in mid-60s, according to sources but the final cut-off could not be confirmed.

Even if there are more withdrawals, it will be extremely difficult for India to have a team in men’s doubles.

The priority would first be given to singles ranked players, then the singles-doubles combination and then the doubles-doubles ranking combination.

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Since many top players are not part of the singles draw, the lower-ranked players, who consistently compete in doubles also, would not miss the chance to play two events at the Olympics.

Each player is allowed to be in two events.

As per rules, only those players can be a part of the mixed team event who are already in one of the main draws (either singles our doubles).

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In India’s case, it was imperative for Bopanna to be in men’s doubles so that he can be paired with Sania Mirza, who is set to compete in her fourth Olympics with Ankita Raina in the women’s doubles event.

Tokyo Olympics: As of now Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan not in, will wait for final list, says AITA Secretary-General Anil Dhupar

Sania and Rohan came close to winning a bronze in 2016 but they lost the bronze play-off to Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka in straight sets.

The limited number of opportunities in terms of tournaments due to the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions made it tough for both Bopanna and Sharan to improve their rankings.

Bopanna was ranked 38th at the start of the year while Sharan’s ranking only got worse after starting at number 63.

Tokyo Olympics: As of now Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan not in, will wait for final list, says AITA Secretary-General Anil Dhupar

India have never missed out on fielding a men’s doubles team at the Olympics ever since a young Leander Paes and Ramesh Krishnan competed at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.