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Olympic tennis-do you agree with limiting the number of players each country can send

I don't know if there's already been a thread on this or not, but, do you agree with the rules at the Olympics about how many players a country can send to compete in the tennis event? For example,at a grand slam, all the players who qualifiy based on a ranking cut off point are allowed direct entry, with some slots saved for wildcards and for those who get through the qualifying rounds. At the Olympics, only 4 players max from each country are allowed to compete in the singles event. For countries such as Russia (and back in the day for the US ), this poses a problem, as they have multiple top players.

If there was no limit on how many players a country could send to the Olympics as long as they have a good enough ranking, I don't think Chakvetadze would have pulled out, because she wouldn't feel guilty about taking someone else's spot even though she's slumping right now. Petrova and Kirilenko, 2 more top players, would also have the chance to play.

Do you think the rules should stay as they are, or should they be more like the rules at grand slams, and let everyone in to the event who has a good enough ranking inside the top 56, with the last 8 spots given to wildcards? Do you care if there is a balance of player representation from each country, or would you rather just see all the best players?
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Re: Olympic tennis-do you agree with limiting the number of players each country can

Yes, because all the other sports have limits as well.
It is unfortunate for the players who get cut, but it helps get as many countries involved with the olympics as possible.

It would not be as fun for the USA to send 30 sprinters or China to send multiple diving teams in the same event and having them sweep every podium.
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Re: Olympic tennis-do you agree with limiting the number of players each country can

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Yes, because all the other sports have limits as well.
It is unfortunate for the players who get cut, but it helps get as many countries involved with the olympics as possible.

It would not be as fun for the USA to send 30 sprinters or China to send mutiple diving teams in the same event and having them sweep every podium.
100% agree. It's not ideal, but it's also not a major problem, and it's the only way of getting as many countries involved, which is as much the point of the Olympics as anything.

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Re: Olympic tennis-do you agree with limiting the number of players each country can

Yes, there should be limitations on how many players each country can have in their team. The Olympics isn't like a Grand Slam, it is about the best athletes from all different countries, all over the world, coming together, in peace, to represent their countries through sport. If there were no limitations on the number of players a country could send, less countries would be represented and since the players are playing for their country and not themselves, it would also be less interesting.

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Yes.
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Re: Olympic tennis-do you agree with limiting the number of players each country can

Of course! its the olympics and its the same for all sports
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