Apr 5th, 2004, 12:42 PM
I expect her to return in Berlin. If she would return in FedCup, we would have heard. She has a sentimental relationship to Berlin and she MUST start somewhen before the French to get some results in.
Apr 5th, 2004, 03:07 PM
that is in your mouth :confused:
Apr 5th, 2004, 04:37 PM
I have a feeling she'll play a couple of events with Kuznetsova. She should get off her arse soon, if she's serious.
This article in ITF This Week last week confused me a bit about her eligibility though; it seems to suggest that the invitational places are only open to singles entrants...anyone know any more?
Olympic Invitation Places Announced
The Tripartite Commission Invitation places for the Tennis Event at the 2004 Olympic Games have been allocated, and are as follows:
Men (2 Places) Women (2 Places)
Cyprus - Marcos Baghdatis Indonesia - Angelique Widjaja
Benin - Arnaud Segodo Madagascar - Dally Randriantefy
The Tripartite Commission consists of representatives from the IOC, National Olympic Committees and the ITF. Invitations are allocated in the singles events only and generally go to players from nations and regions with small Olympic teams.
The entry process for all other places in the tennis event is ongoing, with nations required to submit ĎBy Countryí Entry Forms by 1 April. All nations endorsed by their NOC to enter the Tennis Event at the 2004 Olympic Games will be advised by 17 June 2004 which of their players are eligible for direct entry into the events - menís singles, menís doubles, womenís singles and womenís doubles - based on their international computer ranking on 14 June. Nations then have until 28 June 2004 to submit their individual player nominations to the ITF, and applications for ITF Places (Wild Cards), once again with the endorsement of their NOC. In the singles events, there will be 48 places allocated on direct acceptance, 14 ITF Places, and the two Tripartite Commission Invitation places announced today.
Meanwhile the Athens 2004 Tennis Sport Event has been completed successfully at the Olympic Tennis Centre, with many of the facilities to be used at the Olympics being tested. The $15,000 ITF Menís Futures Event was won by Great Britainís Andrew Banks, who finished off a 62 67(7) 64 victory over Belgian Jeroen Masson on Monday, after rain forced a suspension of play late on Sunday. Franceís Virginie Pichet won the $25,000 Womenís Circuit Event, defeating Katerina Bohmova of the Czech Republic 61 62 in the final.
More details on the Tennis Event at the 2004 Olympic Games can be found at www.itftennis.com/olympics. This website will shortly be relaunched with many more features and sections, to bring it in line with the other websites in the ITF family.
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