Qualification for tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom is determined not by any form of qualifying tournament, but by the rankings maintained by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).The main qualifying criteria was the ATP and WTA ranking lists as of 11 June 2012. The players entering will be formally submitted by the International Tennis Federation. The ATP and WTA rankings are based on performances from the previous 52 weeks, and there were several tournaments, in the two month period between the time of the rankings being frozen for entry, and the beginning of the tennis events at the Olympics. Players must have also have made themselves available for two Fed/Davis Cup events from 2009–2012, one of which must have taken place in 2011–2012, and have a good standing with their National Olympic Committee.
Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) can enter 6 men and 6 women athletes, with a maximum of 4 entries in the individual events, and 2 pairs in the doubles events. Any player in the world’s top 56 is eligible, and NOC’s have the option to enter players of a lower rank. Athletes are able to compete in both singles and doubles events. Doubles players within the top 10 rankings on 11 June are eligible to bring any player provided that player has any doubles or singles ranking, and the number of players of the same country do not surpass the total of six.
Players coloured blue have not met the minimal Fed/Davis Cup representation level and players coloured pink will not participate as a result of injury or the choice not to compete. Colour light-grey marks ineligibility due to too many players from a certain country. The Entry List was released on 26 June 2012, based on the rankings.
Three weeks after his shattering defeat against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s final, Murray is preparing to play the Swiss’s compatriot in what appears a nightmarish route to a possible final.
Murray’s last meeting with Wawrinka, the world No 26, ended with him winning at the Shanghai Masters last October while he also triumphed in a punishing five-set epic at Wimbledon in 2009, their only previous meeting on grass. But Wawrinka is highly regarded on the tour and remains a potentially dangerous opponent.
Team GB manager Paul Hutchins said: “Andy has been practising with Wawrinka all week, so they will certainly know each other well. It’s a tough draw, but Andy is the seeded player and will be looking to do very well here. It’s a tough draw for both.”
If Murray does defeat Wawrinka for the seventh time in 11 meetings the draw does not get easier, with Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych – who has an excellent record against the Scot – and Novak Djokovic potential opponents in later rounds before the prospect of another encounter with Federer in the final.
Top seed Federer begins his quest for gold against Columbia’s Alejandro Falla and Djokovic, the second seed, plays Fabio Fognini, of Italy.
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