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Russia will be able to take 6 players in the olympics

Countries can field up to six players in women's tennis event at Beijing Olympics
LONDON (AP) - Countries will be able to field six players in the women's tennis tournament at next year's Beijing Olympics, an increase of two from the 2004 Athens Games.

The International Tennis Federation and the WTA Tour announced the change Thursday after completing negotiations to again award ranking points for the competition.

The WTA rankings will be used to determine the top 56 direct acceptances in the 64-player singles draw for women. Nations can be eligible for up to four entries in singles.

They will now be able to nominate a separate doubles team if one of the pair is ranked in the top 10 in doubles rankings.

"This decision means that more of the top women players will be eligible to compete in Beijing and that is good news for everyone," ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said.

Six of the remaining eight singles places will be selected by the ITF's Olympic Committee, taking into consideration a player's singles computer ranking and a geographic distribution of nations entered.

The remaining two places will be chosen by a committee featuring representatives from the International Olympic Committee and the ITF.

"The agreement announced today is intended to ensure that all direct acceptance players are selected based on merit, which is a principle of the utmost importance and one that is consistent with the spirit of the Olympic Games," WTA Tour chief executive officer Larry Scott said.

The WTA first awarded ranking points for the Olympic tennis event in 2004.

Ricci Bitti said the ITF was still in negotiation with the men's tour. The ATP awarded ranking points for the 2000 and 2004 Olympic tennis events.

The Olympic tennis event will be played from Aug. 10-17 in 2008.
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what is the olympics treated like? a tier 1,2....
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It's not only Russia who will ba able to field 6 players...
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Good news. It would be a pity to have top players not allowed to play

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Good news for Lindsay!

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I wonder how the Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber doubles situation will be handled. Liezel will most likely be the the highest ranked doubles player in the US at the time of Entry. Can players play BOTH singles and doubles if they qualify, like the Williams,Tu, Meghann and maybe Lindsay ??. So a country can nominate TWO doubles teams ?
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I know it's not only for Russia , but only Russia has many top players ,,,
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Can players play BOTH singles and doubles if they qualify, like the Williams,Tu, Meghann and maybe Lindsay ??. So a country can nominate TWO doubles teams ?
Any player qualified for the singles event is eligible to compete in the doubles event. 10 highest ranked doubles players can play doubles event only.

Each NOC can enter maximum 4 athletes in singles and 2 pairs in doubles.
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Any player qualified for the singles event is eligible to compete in the doubles event. 10 highest ranked doubles players can play doubles event only.

Each NOC can enter maximum 4 athletes in singles and 2 pairs in doubles.

Thanks for clarifying!
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this only affects the dubs-they can still only have 4 singles players
so theres still gonna be pissed off russians ranked in the top 20 and not playing
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I'm confused now ,,,
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I'm confused now ,,,
The 6 players a team is allowed is made up of a maximum of 4 for singles and 2 additional players for doubles rather than having to play 2 of the other 4 in Doubles. This is provided that one of the additional Doubles pair is ranked in the top 10 in Doubles.

So Russia (and all the others) will still only be allowed 4 Singles players. Which right now would be Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Chakvetadze and Dementieva. Russia dont have a member of the top 10 in Doubles so I assume their Doubles team would have to be made up of 2 of those 4.
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Is Hantuchova eligible to play doubles?
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The 6 players a team is allowed is made up of a maximum of 4 for singles and 2 additional players for doubles rather than having to play 2 of the other 4 in Doubles. This is provided that one of the additional Doubles pair is ranked in the top 10 in Doubles.

So Russia (and all the others) will still only be allowed 4 Singles players. Which right now would be Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Chakvetadze and Dementieva. Russia dont have a member of the top 10 in Doubles so I assume their Doubles team would have to be made up of 2 of those 4.
thanks a lot ,,,
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