“One Shouldn’t Be Dependent On Withdrawal Of Other Players”: AITA Secretary-General On Rohan Bopanna’s Comments

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The All India Tennis Organization (AITA) Secretary-General Anil Dhupar on Monday hit back at tennis star Rohan Bopanna saying that “one should not be dependent on withdrawal of other players” to safe an Olympic berth. Bopanna had slammed AITA for deceptive the players and everyone else over the Tokyo Olympics qualification. The tennis player said International Tennis Federation (ITF) never accepted an entry for him and Sumit Nagal and had made it lucid that no changes were allowed after the deadline of nomination unless there used to be an injury or illness.

ITF has never accepted an entry for Sumit Nagal & myself.

ITF used to be lucid that no changes were allowed after the nomination deadline (22nd June) unless Injury/Illness.

AITA has mislead the players,government, media and everyone else by stating we still have a chance. @AnurajR1


— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) July 19, 2021

“ITF has never accepted an entry for Sumit Nagal & myself. ITF used to be lucid that no changes were allowed after the nomination deadline (22nd June) unless Injury/Illness. AITA has mislead the players, government, media and everyone else by stating we still have a chance (sic),” Bopanna tweeted.

The AITA Secretary-General cleared the air approximately qualifications for Tokyo Olympics and said the federation has done its very best to verify maximum players could get a chance to feature in the Games.

“We have taken strange efforts to make sure that our men’s doubles entry are done unfortunately Divij and Rohan’s entries were not accepted and were still on the waiting list, then all of sudden Sumit got an entry for singles. We got in touch with Sumit on if to go or not to go. And by the point he confirmed we had already confirmed to ITF that he’s going to be playing,” Dhupar told ANI.

“All formalities started on June 17 and we also wrote taking a chance that whether Sumit being unmarried’s player may be entitled to have a doubles partner. In order that’s why we changed the nomination from Rohan-Divij to Rohan and Sumit for the Tokyo Olympics.

“All offices were closed on Saturday and Sunday, ITF is closed. I do not know why he’s saying all this. If you’re so good why are you depending on people’s withdrawal? You’re a world-class player you will have to enter the Olympics by yourself, why are you depending on withdrawal.

“I don’t understand..and where is the problem from the federation. AITA has done its very best to make sure that Rohan and doubles players go to the Olympics in order that we also get a chance to play mixed doubles. Entry into the Olympics isn’t in the hand of the federation. There is law and provisions for that,” Dhupar explained.

Dhupar also said AITA has not misled anyone and players who have missed on Olympics berth have done so as a result of their rankings.

“We have not misled, we have tried our best to have them on board, they have got not made it as a result of their rankings. Whether they haven’t accepted Rohan and Sumit then Rohan and Divij’s nominations is still there. We are still trying to send Sumit, what can I do whether Rohan’s name isn’t accepted by ITF,” said Dhupar.

In men’s singles, Nagal qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics on the basis of withdrawals.

The 23-year-old currently sits at 154 in the ATP rankings. He achieved a career-high No. 122 on August 24, 2020 after reaching Prague, CZE Challenger quarter-final.

He broke into the top 200 on July 29, 2019 after qualifying at Hamburg and earned 1st ranking point at the age 16 on November 25, 2013.

Nagal has also captured ATP Challenger Tour titles in 2017 Bangalore and 2019 Buenos Aires.

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Earlier this month, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina were confirmed to denote India in women’s doubles at the Olympics after entries were officially announced.

Sania is now set to transform the first female athlete to denote India at four Olympics when she features at the Tokyo 2020, set to receive underway from July 23 while Ankita Raina will be making her debut at the showpiece event.

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