Plans for Sania's wild-card entry in London Olympics

New Delhi: Concerned about Sania Mirza's drop in ranking, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) is planning to get a wild-card entry for the Hyderabadi for the singles event at the London Olympics.
AITA is keen that Sania competes in the mixed doubles in Olympics, but she has to be either in singles or in doubles draw to be able to compete in the mixed event.

If Sania manages to be inside top-64 in the singles and top-10 in the doubles rankings, she will get a direct entry.

However, Sania has moved out of the top-100 at the start of the year and is placed 105 currently in singles.

Top-64 players will get a direct entry into the singles draw and if Sania fails to get into that bracket, AITA will ask the organising committee for a wild card entry.

Sania still has time to improve her ranking as the deadline to send entry with players' names is June 21, 2012 and the rankings as of June 11, 2012 will be considered for acceptance.

If Sania's ranking does not improve by that time, an application for her wild-card will be sent along with the list of the player's name.

The issue was discussed by the Tennis Advisory Committee (TAC) of AITA on Thursday.

"Definitely we want her there, whichever way," S P Misra, India's Davis Cup captain and a member of the TAC told PTI.

"If she improves upon her current ranking, well and good, otherwise we will request for a wild card. In the mock draw held last year, both Sania and Somdev had made the cut," Misra added.

Sania's first ever Grand Slam title came in the mixed doubles of the Australian Open in 2009 with Mahesh Bhupathi and she also enjoyed success at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in the mixed doubles competition.

She won gold at the 2006 Doha Asian Games and silver at 2010 Guangzhou Games in mixed doubles.

The Committee was also concerned at the injury of Somdev Devvarman and suggested that the Davis Cup Selection Committee should pick five players for the next tie with three of them being able to play singles. The TAC also wanted the government to help AITA organise ATP and WTA tournaments in India.


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