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Rublev and two other Russian tennis players will not play in the Olympic Games. But Mirra wants to go.

Date: July 17, 2024 Time: 16:25:24

Before Russian fans had time to rejoice that all our best singles tennis players could go to the Paris Olympics, changes had to be made to the roster. The top four Russian rackets in the ATP and WTA rankings were initially supposed to qualify for the Games based on the results of the French Open. For men, these are Daniil Medvedev, Andrei Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Roman Safiullin, for women – Daria Kasatkina, Lyudmila Samsonova, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Mirra Andreeva.

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However, two days after receiving a response from the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which had no questions for the Russian tennis players, adjustments had to be made to the list. It first became known that Rublev would not attend the 2024 Olympic Games. This became known from the words of Marina Maryenko, the tennis player’s mother.

“Yes, Andrey will not go to the Paris Games. I recently learned from him that he will not participate in the Olympic Games. But he didn’t say why. He, of course, wanted to participate in this tournament.

I think it has to do with health. Andrey just needs to find time to heal his throat. Treat or remove tonsils. He was currently undergoing treatment. I understand that after this the body is very weakened. These are my assumptions, but I don’t know the exact reasons,” Marina Maryenko quotes Sport24.

Rublev’s absence is a serious loss. Andrey is perhaps the best clay court player in Russia and yet the Paris Games will be held on the courts of Roland Garros. And at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, held in 2021, Rublev won a gold medal in mixed doubles with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, albeit on a hard court, but still.

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A little later it became known that Karen Khachanov and Lyudmila Samsonova would not perform at the Olympic Games. Regarding Rublev, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation (RFF), Shamil Tarpishchev, confirmed that the athlete requires rehabilitation. “Rublev, Khachanov and Samsonova will not play in the Olympic Games. Andrey needs recovery, he risks everything. The body is not made of iron,” TASS quotes Tarpishchev.

So who will play for Russia at the Olympics?

There is no definitive clarity. FTR must apply for the Games by June 19. But that is not all. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is attentive to the Russians’ compliance with the notorious neutral status and, therefore, the application can change at any time before July 4, the date indicated as the deadline. You never know, maybe someone will write something illegal on social media… In addition, the possibility of subsequent injuries or failures cannot be ruled out.

Therefore, we can only estimate which of our tennis players will perform at the Games. The basis, as before, is the ATP and WTA rankings based on the results of 52 weeks after Roland Garros. And at the time of publication of the material, the following tennis players are going to the Games from Russia:

Men

Women

Daniil Medvedev at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

At the same time, Karatsev’s chances of performing at the Games, frankly, are small. The IOC’s official website states that 64 tennis players will participate in each individual event. From the classifications, 56 of them will be determined, taking into account a maximum quota of four athletes per NOC. Another six installments will be distributed by the ITF.

The remaining two quotas are reserved for the winner of a previous Olympic Games or of an individual Grand Slam tournament who has not been able to qualify according to other criteria, as long as he is ranked in the top 400 and does not exceed the NOC quota by four athletes.

All this means that Aslan, taking into account his 92nd place in the ranking, to get into the net he needs massive rejections from the tennis players higher up.

But the following athletes are definitely not going to the Olympic Games:

Tarpishchev also said that 17-year-old Mirra Andreeva wants to compete in the Paris Olympics. At Roland Garros, Andreeva Jr. reached the semifinals. “There are difficulties. While we communicate with the players, we are putting together a list of players that we will send to the International Tennis Federation. But Andreeva, for example, wants to play in the Olympic Games,” added the FTR president.

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And 1995 Davis Cup finalist Andrei Chesnokov lamented Rublev’s absence. According to him, Andrei could compete for victory. “It’s a shame that the strongest players, the twenty best, don’t play with us. The guys could easily fight for medals, Rublev even for victory. Of course, this is a loss for both us and the tournament. I think we are not the only ones who will suffer these types of withdrawals. After all, the grass season has already started, tennis players are preparing for Wimbledon, and returning from grass to clay for the sake of a tournament is not very easy. In the past, the Olympic tournament was not very popular,” TASS quotes Chesnokov.

The Olympic tennis tournament will be held from July 27 to August 4.

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