London 2012 to grant ranking points

Paris: Ranking points will be awarded at the London Olympics tennis tournament to ensure the highest number of top players take part in an event sandwiched into a crowded schedule, it was announced today.

It will be the fourth successive Olympics that points will be given, the International Tennis Federation and the ATP said in a joint statement.

As a result of the agreement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will allow nations to receive up to four entries into the men`s singles and two entries into the men`s doubles, with a maximum number of six men per country on-site.

The remainder of the places will be awarded on a geographical and invitational basis. The women`s singles event will also offer ranking points.

"The support of the ATP in finalising the agreement has ensured that as many of the top male players as possible are able to compete at the Olympic tennis event," said ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti.

"This is great news for the event and the players, and we are confident that next year`s tournament will surpass the success of Beijing."

Tennis at the Olympics will be staged on grass at Wimbledon from July 27 until August 5, with the final taking place just a day before the Toronto Masters, a key warm-up event ahead of the US Open, the final Grand Slam event of the season.

"Wimbledon will be an incredible stage for tennis at the Olympic Games," said Adam Helfant, the ATP president.

"We know ATP players are very much looking forward to representing their countries in London next summer."


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