Originally Posted by KournikovaFan91
No its just to prove you've actually shown some commitment to someone other than yourself. The Olympics as a whole is about a massive national team and the ITF are right to demand a player has shown commitment to their tennis team.
ITF would be right if FED Cup results
would decide who gets in or not. Not just simple participation. Phelps and Bolt were at the olympics because they were swimming and running fast enough to get in their "national team". Not because they committed to a pointless race.
Originally Posted by bobito
Does any athlete who regularly turns down the honour of playing in their national team really belong in the Olympics?
who the fuck should care about "national team" when the qualification process depends on ranking points, not honour.
not to mention how the federations sabotaging their own players...