Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Qualification

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Qualification for tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China was determined not by any form of qualifying tournament, but by the rankings maintained by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

Qualifying criteria[edit]

The main qualifying criteria were the ATP and WTA ranking lists as of June 9, 2008. The players entering were formally submitted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).[1] The ATP and WTA rankings were based on performances from the previous 52 weeks,[2][3] and there were several tournaments, including the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, in the two-month period between the time of the rankings being frozen for entry, and the beginning of the tennis events at the Olympics. This led one player, Rainer Schüttler, who rose the ATP rankings considerably in that time period, to successfully seek arbitration on the matter and gain entry. Another player, Tamarine Tanasugarn who was outside the ranking places that could qualify on July 9, but re-entered them, like Schuettler, gained entry; although she did so through the Tripartite Commission Invitation places after Stephanie Vogt withdrew.[4]

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter 6 men and 6 women athletes, with a maximum of 4 entries in the individual events, and 2 pairs in the doubles events.[1] This resulted in several high-ranked players being unable to enter, despite players of lower-rank being able to. For example, Vera Zvonareva, world number 13, would not have been entered had all the Russian players ahead of her done so, and world number 21, Nadia Petrova, was unable to participate (the top four Russian women players were all in the world's top eight). In the men's, a notably high-ranked player who could not gain entry was world number 20 Fernando Verdasco of Spain. However, any player in the world's top 56 was eligible, and NOC's had the option to enter players of a lower rank.[1] Athletes were able to compete in both single and doubles events.

Singles:

  • 56 players directly qualified for the singles event based on the recognised World Ranking of 9 June 2008. Any player qualified for the singles event was automatically eligible for entry in the doubles event.
  • 2 Invitation places in each singles event were allocated by the Tripartite Commission.
  • 6 final qualification places in the singles event were allocated by the ITF based on the recognised World Ranking and the continental/NOC representation.[1]

Doubles:

  • 10 players directly qualified for the doubles event based on the recognised World Ranking of 9 June 2008.
  • Final qualification places were allocated by the ITF to doubles players based on the recognised World Ranking and the continental/NOC representation, until a total of 86 places have been allocated.[1]

The ITF places were allocated by the ITF, based on recognized world ranking and continental/NOC participation.[1]

Summary[edit]

A total of 48 nations were represented by at least one player in either the men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, or women's doubles.

Nation Men Women Total
Singles Doubles Singles Doubles
Argentina 4 4 1 2(1) 6
Australia 2 4(2) 3 4(1) 8
Austria 1 2(1) 1 3
Bahamas 1 2(1) 2
Belarus 1 2 4(2) 5
Belgium 2 2 2
Brazil 2 2(2) 4
Bulgaria 1 1
Canada 2 2(1) 3
Chile 2 2 2
China 3 2 4 4(1) 8
Chinese Taipei 1 1 2(1) 3
Croatia 1 1
Czech Republic 4 4(2) 4 4(1) 11
Denmark 1 1
Ecuador 1 1
El Salvador 1 1
Estonia 2 2 2
Finland 1 1
France 4 4(1) 3 4(1) 9
Germany 2 2 2
Great Britain 1 2(1) 2
Greece 1 2(1) 2
Hungary 1 2(1) 2
India 2(2) 1 2(1) 4
Israel 2(2) 2 2 4
Italy 3 2 4 4(1) 8
Japan 1 2 2 3
Latvia 1 1
New Zealand 1 1
Poland 2(2) 2 4(2) 6
Romania 1 1 2
Russia 4 4 4 4(1) 9
Serbia 2 2(1) 1 4
Slovakia 1 2 2(1) 4
South Africa 1 2(1) 2
South Korea 1 1
Spain 4 4 4 4(1) 9
Sweden 3 4(1) 1 5
Switzerland 2 2 2 2(1) 5
Thailand 1 1
Togo 1 1
Tunisia 1 1
Ukraine 4 4 4
United States 3 4(2) 3 4(2) 10
Uzbekistan 1 1
Venezuela 1 1
Zimbabwe 1 1
Total: 48 NOCs 64 64(22) 64 64(20) 170
  • Number in brackets = players participating only in doubles

Qualifiers[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

No. Rank Player NOC
World Ranking
1 1 Roger Federer Switzerland
2 2 Rafael Nadal Spain
3 3 Novak Djoković Serbia
4 4 Nikolay Davydenko Russia
5 5 David Ferrer Spain
6 Andy Roddick[5] United States
6 7 James Blake United States
7 8 David Nalbandian Argentina
8 9 Stanislas Wawrinka Switzerland
10 Richard Gasquet[6] France
9 11 Andy Murray Great Britain
10 12 Tomáš Berdych Czech Republic
11 13 Nicolás Almagro Spain
14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga[7][8] France
12 15 Fernando González Chile
13 16 Radek Štěpánek Czech Republic
14 17 Paul-Henri Mathieu France
15 18 Mikhail Youzhny Russia
16 19 Tommy Robredo Spain
20 Fernando Verdasco Spain
17 21 Juan Mónaco Argentina
22 Ivo Karlović Croatia
23 Marcos Baghdatis[9][10] Cyprus
24 Juan Carlos Ferrero Spain
18 25 Jarkko Nieminen Finland
26 Carlos Moyá Spain
27 Ivan Ljubičić Croatia
19 28 Gilles Simon France
20 29 Dmitry Tursunov Russia
21 30 Lleyton Hewitt Australia
22 31 Andreas Seppi Italy
23 32 Gaël Monfils France
33 Feliciano López Spain
24 34 Igor Andreev Russia
25 35 Michaël Llodra[7][8] France
36 Mardy Fish[11] United States
37 Tommy Haas[12] Germany
26 38 Nicolas Kiefer Germany
27 39 Janko Tipsarević Serbia
40 Philipp Kohlschreiber Germany
28 41 Sam Querrey United States
29 42 Robin Söderling Sweden
43 Julien Benneteau France
44 Mario Ančić[10] Croatia
45 Juan Ignacio Chela[4] Argentina
46 Nicolas Mahut France
30 47 Simone Bolelli Italy
31 48 Guillermo Cañas Argentina
32 49 Agustín Calleri[4] Argentina
50 José Acasuso Argentina
33 51 Ernests Gulbis Latvia
52 Fabrice Santoro France
34 53 Steve Darcis Belgium
54 Marcel Granollers Spain
35 55 Lee Hyung-Taik South Korea
36 56 Marin Čilić Croatia
57 Marc Gicquel France
37 58 Potito Starace Italy
38 59 Robby Ginepri United States
60 Sébastien Grosjean France
61 Eduardo Schwank Argentina
62 Robin Haase[8] Netherlands
39 63 Nicolás Lapentti Ecuador
64 Juan Martín del Potro Argentina
65 Dudi Sela [10][13][14] Israel
66 Denis Gremelmayr[10] Germany
40 67 Olivier Rochus Belgium
41 68 Thomaz Bellucci Brazil
42 69 Thomas Johansson Sweden
70 Albert Montañés Spain
43 70PR Dominik Hrbatý Slovakia
44 71 Ivo Minář Czech Republic
45 72 Victor Hănescu Romania
46 73 Lu Yen-Hsun Chinese Taipei
74 Stefan Koubek[8] Austria
47 75 Marcos Daniel Brazil
76 Marat Safin Russia
77 Florent Serra France
78 Igor Kunitsyn Russia
48 79 Chris Guccione[8] Australia
80 Santiago Ventura Spain
49 81 Jürgen Melzer[8] Austria
50 82 Jiří Vaněk[10] Czech Republic
83 Michael Berrer Germany
84 John Isner United States
85 Evgeny Korolev Russia
86 Arnaud Clément France
87 Martín Vassallo Argüello Argentina
88 Donald Young United States
51 89 Rainer Schüttler[10] Germany
52 90 Frank Dancevic[10] Canada
53 248 Frédéric Niemeyer[10][15] Canada
54 570 Zeng Shao-Xuan[15] China
55 605 Yu Xinyuan[15] China
56 936 Devin Mullings[15] Bahamas
ITF Places
57 98 Kevin Anderson South Africa
58 103 Kei Nishikori Japan
59 128 Jonas Björkman Sweden
60 131 Nicolás Massú Chile
61 300 Max Mirnyi Belarus
62 489 Sun Peng China
Tripartite Commission Invitation
63 438 Komlavi Loglo Togo
64 447 Rafael Arevalo El Salvador

PR Protected/Special Ranking

Rankings as at 9 June 2008

Schüttler entry controversy[edit]

On August 4, 2008, German player Rainer Schüttler was granted an exceptional entry into the tournament, despite not having qualified under the original criteria, after having taken his campaign to play at the games to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Schuettler, who was an alternate for Denis Gremelmayr, was ranked outside the qualifying places on June 9, when the players entered for the Games, based upon the ATP rankings of that date, were announced by the ITF. Schüttler then went on to the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, where he reached the semi-finals, elevating his ranking from No. 94 to No. 31 in the world.[16] Germany had received one place in the men's singles, based upon the rankings of June 9, although several players withdrew before the Games. Schüttler was subsequently selected by the German Olympic Committee (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, DOS), in spite of the regulations set out by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), under which he was designated as an alternate. On August 3, Schüttler took his case to CAS, who the next day ruled in his favour, saying that it was in compliance with the ITF's rules, and asserting that there was an understanding that the decision over which player could be entered would be delegated to the relevant National Olympic Committee. The ITF delivered a hostile response to the decision by CAS, claiming the DOS was ignorant, and admonishing Schüttler's actions — "While recognising the German NOC may not understand how professional tennis works, there is no excuse for Mr Schuettler, who is prepared to take a place earned by his compatriot Denis Gremelmayr and of next alternate Michael Berrer."[17]

Women's singles[edit]

No. Rank Player NOC
World Ranking
1 Ana Ivanovic[18] Serbia
2 Maria Sharapova[10][19] Russia
1 3 Jelena Janković Serbia
2 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova Russia
3 5 Elena Dementieva Russia
4 6 Serena Williams United States
5 7 Venus Williams United States
8 Anna Chakvetadze[20] Russia
6 9 Dinara Safina[20] Russia
10 Marion Bartoli[21] France
7 11 Daniela Hantuchová Slovakia
8 12 Patty Schnyder Switzerland
9 13 Vera Zvonareva[10] Russia
10 14 Agnieszka Radwańska Poland
11 15 Ágnes Szávay Hungary
12 16 Victoria Azarenka Belarus
13 17 Alizé Cornet France
14 18 Francesca Schiavone Italy
15 19 Nicole Vaidišová Czech Republic
20 Tatiana Golovin France[22]
21 Nadia Petrova Russia
16 22 Flavia Pennetta Italy
23 Maria Kirilenko Russia
24 Katarina Srebotnik [23] Slovenia
17 25 Shahar Pe'er Israel
26 Lindsay Davenport[24] United States
18 27 Virginie Razzano France
27PR Mary Pierce[8] France
19 28 Sybille Bammer Austria
20 29 Alona Bondarenko Ukraine
30 Amélie Mauresmo[8] France
21 31 Dominika Cibulková Slovakia
22 32 Caroline Wozniacki Denmark
23 33 Sania Mirza India
24 34 Kaia Kanepi Estonia
25 35 Anabel Medina Garrigues Spain
26 35PR Mara Santangelo[8] Italy
27 36 Olga Govortsova Belarus
28 36PR Samantha Stosur Australia
29 37 Eleni Daniilidou Greece
30 38 Ai Sugiyama Japan
39 Karin Knapp[8] Italy
31 40 Tsvetana Pironkova Bulgaria
32 41 Casey Dellacqua Australia
33 42 Gisela Dulko Argentina
34 43 Yan Zi China
44 Elena Vesnina Russia
35 45 Li Na China
46 Alisa Kleybanova Russia
36 47 Lucie Šafářová Czech Republic
37 48 Iveta Benešová Czech Republic
38 49 Carla Suárez Navarro Spain
39 50PR Milagros Sequera Venezuela
40 50 Peng Shuai China
41 51 Klára Zakopalová Czech Republic
52 Petra Cetkovská Czech Republic
53 Michaëlla Krajicek[8] Netherlands
42 54 Akgul Amanmuradova Uzbekistan
55 Tamira Paszek[10] Austria
43 56 Pauline Parmentier[8] France
44 57 Sofia Arvidsson Sweden
58 Vera Dushevina Russia
59 Aravane Rezaï France
60 Petra Kvitová Czech Republic
45 60PR Zheng Jie China
46 61 Sara Errani Italy
62 Ekaterina Makarova Russia
47 63 Tatiana Perebiynis Ukraine
48 64 Marina Erakovic New Zealand
49 65 Marta Domachowska Poland
50 66 Sorana Cîrstea Romania
51 67 Timea Bacsinszky Switzerland
52 69 Kateryna Bondarenko[8] Ukraine
70 Anastasia Rodionova Russia
72 Edina Gallovits Romania
73 Akiko Morigami Japan
74 Ashley Harkleroad United States
53 75 Jill Craybas[10] United States
54 101 Maret Ani[15] Estonia
55 120 Tzipora Obziler[15] Israel
56 140 María José Martínez Sánchez[15] Spain
ITF Places
57 68 Mariya Koryttseva Ukraine
58 71 Chan Yung-Jan Chinese Taipei
59 89 Tamarine Tanasugarn[4] Thailand
60 102 Nuria Llagostera Vives Spain
61 105 Ayumi Morita Japan
62 115 Alicia Molik Australia
63 159 Selima Sfar Tunisia
Tripartite Commission Invitation
227 Stephanie Vogt[4][25] Liechtenstein
64 Cara Black Zimbabwe

PR Protected/Special Rankings

Rankings as at 9 June 2008

Men's doubles[edit]

No. Rank Player A Rank Player B NOC
World Ranking
1 1 Bob Bryan 1 Mike Bryan United States
2 3 Daniel Nestor Frédéric Niemeyer^ Canada
3 4 Nenad Zimonjić Novak Djoković^ Serbia
4 5 Mark Knowles Devin Mullings^ Bahamas
5 6 Pavel Vízner Martin Damm Czech Republic
6 7 Jonathan Erlich 7 Andy Ram Israel
7 9 Simon Aspelin Thomas Johansson^ Sweden
8 10 Julian Knowle Jürgen Melzer^ Austria
ITF Places
9 Guillermo Cañas^ David Nalbandian^ Argentina
10 Agustín Calleri^ Juan Mónaco^ Argentina
11 Paul Hanley Jordan Kerr Australia
12 Chris Guccione^ Lleyton Hewitt^ Australia
13 Steve Darcis^ Olivier Rochus^ Belgium
14 Marcelo Melo André Sá Brazil
15 Fernando González^ Nicolás Massú^ Chile
16 Zeng Shao-Xuan^ Yu Xinyuan^ China
Marin Čilić^[18] Ivan Ljubičić Croatia
17 Tomáš Berdych^ Radek Štěpánek^ Czech Republic
18 Arnaud Clément Michaël Llodra^ France
19 Gilles Simon^[8] Gaël Monfils^ France
20 Nicolas Kiefer^ Rainer Schüttler^ Germany
21 Andy Murray^ Jamie Murray Great Britain
22 Mahesh Bhupathi Leander Paes India
23 Simone Bolelli^ Andreas Seppi^ Italy
24 Mariusz Fyrstenberg Marcin Matkowski Poland
25 Igor Andreev^ Nikolay Davydenko^ Russia
26 Jeff Coetzee Kevin Anderson^[10] South Africa
27 Nicolás Almagro^ David Ferrer^ Spain
28 Rafael Nadal^ Tommy Robredo^ Spain
29 Jonas Björkman^ Robin Söderling^ Sweden
30 Roger Federer^ Stanislas Wawrinka^ Switzerland
31 James Blake^ Sam Querrey^ United States
32 Dmitry Tursunov^[18] Mikhail Youzhny^ Russia

^ Players have also qualified to the singles tournament

Women's doubles[edit]

No. Rank Player A Rank Player B NOC
World Ranking
1 Cara Black^[26] Zimbabwe
1 1 Liezel Huber Lindsay Davenport United States
2 3 Ai Sugiyama^ Ayumi Morita^ Japan
4 Katarina Srebotnik[23] Slovenia
5 Květa Peschke Czech Republic
3 6 Rennae Stubbs Samantha Stosur^ Australia
4 7 Chuang Chia-Jung 8 Chan Yung-Jan^ Chinese Taipei
5 9 Victoria Azarenka^ Tatiana Poutchek Belarus
6 10 Dinara Safina^ Svetlana Kuznetsova^ Russia
ITF Places
7 Gisela Dulko^ Betina Jozami Argentina
8 Casey Dellacqua^ Alicia Molik^ Australia
9 Olga Govortsova^ Darya Kustova Belarus
10 Yan Zi^ Zheng Jie^ China
11 Sun Tiantian Peng Shuai^ China
12 Nicole Vaidišová^ Iveta Benešová^ Czech Republic
13 Petra Kvitová Lucie Šafářová^ Czech Republic
14 Maret Ani^ Kaia Kanepi^ Estonia
15 Pauline Parmentier^[8] Tatiana Golovin France
16 Virginie Razzano^ Alizé Cornet^ France
17 Eleni Daniilidou^ Anna Gerasimou Greece
18 Ágnes Szávay^ Gréta Arn Hungary
19 Sania Mirza^ Sunitha Rao India
20 Shahar Pe'er^ Tzipora Obziler^ Israel
21 Mara Santangelo^ Roberta Vinci Italy
22 Flavia Pennetta^ Francesca Schiavone^ Italy
23 Agnieszka Radwańska^ Marta Domachowska^ Poland
24 Klaudia Jans Alicja Rosolska Poland
25 Elena Vesnina Vera Zvonareva^ Russia
26 Daniela Hantuchová^ Janette Husárová Slovakia
27 Anabel Medina Garrigues^ Virginia Ruano Pascual Spain
28 Nuria Llagostera Vives^ María José Martínez Sánchez^ Spain
29 Patty Schnyder^ Emmanuelle Gagliardi Switzerland
30 Alona Bondarenko^ Kateryna Bondarenko^ Ukraine
31 Mariya Koryttseva^ Tatiana Perebiynis^ Ukraine
32 Serena Williams^ Venus Williams^ United States

^ Players have also qualified to the singles tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "IOC Qualification System Summary - Men and Women". ITF. 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  2. ^ "VIII.ATP RANKINGS". ITF. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  3. ^ "RANKINGS". WTA. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Changes to Beijing entry list Jul 28
  5. ^ Roddick to defend Washington title and skip Olympics
  6. ^ Gasquet pulls out
  7. ^ a b Tsonga pulls out of French Olympic squad
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Changes to Beijing entry list Jul 21
  9. ^ Baghdatis out of games with wrist injury[dead link]
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Changes to entry list Aug 6
  11. ^ Mardy Fish joins Roddick in skipping Beijing Games
  12. ^ Haas to skip Olympic Games (German)
  13. ^ Sela loses in first round, then slams OCI
  14. ^ Sela, whose participation in the Olympics was not approved by the Olympic Committee of Israel, was invited by the ITF to join the petition to CAS of the Belgian players Darcis and Rochus, but he declined the offer and decided to play in the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles and the following tournaments in Washington (Countrywide Classic draw).
  15. ^ a b c d e f g A player who withdraws after August 2 is replaced by the highest ranked doubles-only player
  16. ^ "Rainer Schuettler ranking history". ATP. Retrieved 2008-08-04. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Schuettler wins Olympic decision". ITF. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  18. ^ a b c Ivanovic pulled out with a right thumb injury
  19. ^ Injured Sharapova out of Olympics
  20. ^ a b Safina to replace Chakvetadze
  21. ^ France pick Pierce for Beijing tennis
  22. ^ Golovin withdrew from singles & doubles because of back injury
  23. ^ a b Srebotnik decided not to take part of Olympics
  24. ^ Davenport withdrew on Friday from the Olympics because of a lingering right knee injury.
  25. ^ Steffi Vogt will not participate in Beijing (German)
  26. ^ Zimbabwe doesn't have another player in the WTA ranking beside Cara Black