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Chanelle Scheepers rules herself OUT of the Olympics. Nathalie Grandin dissapointed.

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Grandin disappointed over Olympic pullout

SA will not be represented in the Olympic Games tennis tournament in London this year
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SA WILL not be represented in the Olympic Games tennis tournament in London this year, dashing local Natalie Grandin’s hopes.
The Durban-born 27th-ranked women’s doubles player yesterday said she had set her heart on competing in the Olympic event, which is staged on the Wimbledon courts.

A difficult week in South African tennis saw top South African men’s and women’s players Kevin Anderson and Chani Scheepers deciding not to make themselves available for next month’s crucial Davis Cup and Fed Cup events.

The International Tennis Federation rules stipulate that only players who have made themselves available for Davis Cup or Fed Cup action in two of the past four years will be eligible to compete in the Games.

This has not only disqualified Anderson and Scheepers from competing, but has also affected SA’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup prospects. Without the country’s top players in the Euro-Africa Davis Cup tie against Slovenia in Soweto early next month, and the Euro-Africa Group Two Fed Cup play-offs in Egypt later in the month, SA will have to rely on their less experienced charges.

"This was going to be an experience of a lifetime partnering Kevin and Chani at the Olympic Games," Grandin said. "Now it has all gone up in smoke."

Adding to the South African Tennis Association’s woes is the fact that SA’s No2 men’s player, Rik de Voest, has also pulled out of the Davis Cup tie against Slovenia because of "personal problems".

Without Anderson and De Voest, SA’s prospects of beating the Slovenian squad and going on to qualify for a place in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs later in the year have taken a serious knock.

It emerged on Tuesday that Anderson is missing the Davis Cup tie in order to pursue US citizenship. This was revealed by SA team captain John-Laffnie de Jager on Tuesday after Anderson, the world No28, De Voest and Fritz Wolmarans declared themselves unavailable for the tie.

"Kevin told me that while he is in the process of obtaining his green card for citizenship he is not able to leave the US without a visa," De Jager said.

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Is that some kind of retaliation towards SA tennis association?

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I wonder why Chanelle pulled out.

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WOW! In a time when people are changing citizenship in order to compete in Olympics, these two are treating it like a third grade ATP/WTA event So strange... Especially for Kev, since this is probably his last chance to compete.
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The importance of the Olympics is in the eye of the beholder IMO.

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What is the reason behind this?

Some people are really strange. Who would voluntarily miss the biggest sporting event in the world at the biggest tennis venue in the world, a once in a lifetime opportunity, possibly over some beef with your tennis federation. Suck it up, play the Fed Cup tie. Think the suits in the Federation will have any regrets over it in 20 years?

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in my opinion:
Natalie Grandin will play with Chanel Simmonds in doubles event, as ITF will invite the highest ranked African player(as they did back in 2008 with Selima Sfar) to singles event who is Chanel Simmonds (after Scheepers), and therefore they will be rewarded a place in doubles event imo...
Or even if Chanel Simmonds doesn't get a spot in singles event, they can apply for a place in doubles, which they can easily get, as there are no other chance to Africa, and spread of players is important in case of Olympics.
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interesting there is a tournament same week is there not perhaps chanelle will play there.

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in my opinion:
Natalie Grandin will play with Chanel Simmonds in doubles event, as ITF will invite the highest ranked African player(as they did back in 2008 with Selima Sfar) to singles event who is Chanel Simmonds (after Scheepers), and therefore they will be rewarded a place in doubles event imo...
Or even if Chanel Simmonds doesn't get a spot in singles event, they can apply for a place in doubles, which they can easily get, as there are no other chance to Africa, and spread of players is important in case of Olympics.
Could be, although South Africa as a whole probably too many competitors in all Olympic events to qualify for an IOC place. I can see Ons Jabeur of Tunisia getting an IOC spot, I doubt the Tunisian team is very big.
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Could be, although South Africa as a whole probably too many competitors in all Olympic events to qualify for an IOC place. I can see Ons Jabeur of Tunisia getting an IOC spot, I doubt the Tunisian team is very big.
The rules states less than 6 athletes at the last two olympics. Tunisia will have sent more than 6.
Vogt is probably assured of that place with someone else.
The ITF places is where simmonds is likely to get in, because they don't reflect the size of the squad it's all about geographical spread.
In 2008 those places went to,
Mariya Koryttseva Ukraine
Chan Yung-Jan Chinese Taipei
Tamarine Tanasugarn Thailand
Nuria Llagostera Vives Spain
Ayumi Morita Japan
Alicia Molik Australia
Selima Sfar Tunisia

all from reasonably sized olympic teams.

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Could be, although South Africa as a whole probably too many competitors in all Olympic events to qualify for an IOC place. I can see Ons Jabeur of Tunisia getting an IOC spot, I doubt the Tunisian team is very big.
But 'be big as a whole' doesn't matter in case of ITF places (see criterias below), only in cases of Tripartite Commission Places (which likely will be Lichtenstein - Stephanie Vogt and an other really 'small' nation).
There are 6 ITF places which is based on:
i) Recognised World Ranking
ii) Whether the NOC is represented in the Tennis Event
iii) Number of players on site
iv) Geographical location.
So Ons Jabeur is out of question due to her low rank....Nadia Lalami (Morocco) might be possible, but she is not even in TOP300....Chanel Simmonds is the obvious choice.
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What is the reason behind this?

Some people are really strange. Who would voluntarily miss the biggest sporting event in the world at the biggest tennis venue in the world, a once in a lifetime opportunity, possibly over some beef with your tennis federation. Suck it up, play the Fed Cup tie. Think the suits in the Federation will have any regrets over it in 20 years?
Because it's your opinion that it's the biggest sporting event, at the biggest tennis venus, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I never understand how some people don't realize the Olympics isn't on such a high pedestal, or even that Wimbledon is not the ultimate tennis goal, and that some may even prefer Roland Garros, Flushing Meadows, or Melbourne Park.

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