BOMBSHLE: Serena might not be going to the Olympics!!! -
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BOMBSHLE: Serena might not be going to the Olympics!!!

Serena criticizes Olympic eligibility rules
Ticker - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Serena Williams criticizes the ITF for making Fed Cup participation mandatory in order to be eligible for the Olympics. Williams, who had not played Fed Cup since 2007, played in two ties this year, but will still have to appeal her eligibilty to the Olympic Committee because she did not meet the current criteria, which says that players have to make themselves available for two ties in the two years prior to the Games.
"I think that tennis is one of the few sports in which you play so long and you play all year for your country and then you still have to prove yourself playing for your country again," she told reporters. "I do enjoy playing Fed Cup, I love the Fed Cup captains. I loved working with Mary Joe Fernández, I loved working with Zina Garrison and had the privilege of working with Billie Jean King. So it is not an issue of whether I am playing or not, it is more an issue of forcing players to play on top of the required weeks, having to play additional weeks. For instance, me having to travel to Ukraine where I couldn't play a tournament like [Stuttgart]. I wanted to play there but I couldn't because of my Fed Cup commitment. I mean, it is an extra commitment for the players and it is nothing that the WTA ... We all really agree that it's not cool and its not really fair. It's always been an issue and it wasn't handled the way it should have been handled."
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