Asian Games win­ners to get di­rect en­try to Tokyo

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THERE is a lot to play for at the up­com­ing Asian Games in Jakarta as the win­ners of the men’s and women’s sin­gles ten­nis will earn di­rect en­try into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The ITF on Wed­nes­day an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of six con­ti­nen­tal qual­i­fi­ca­tion places, ap­proved by the IOC Ex­ec­u­tive Board, as part of the Tokyo 2020 Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem for ten­nis.

The 2020 Olympic Ten­nis Event will fea­ture five dis­ci­plines – men’s sin­gles and dou­bles, women’s sin­gles and dou­bles, and mixed dou­bles.

Each sin­gles draw will com­prise 64 play­ers, with a max­i­mum of four play­ers per na­tion. There will be 56 di­rect ac­cep­tances as at pre­vi­ous Games, and eight ITF places, in­clud­ing the six Con­ti­nen­tal Qual­i­fi­ca­tion places. How­ever, the play­ers’ rank­ing should be within the top 300 on the sin­gles rank­ings of June 8, 2020, and the quota for that par­tic­u­lar na­tion should not be filled by four di­rect ac­cep­tances.

ITF pres­i­dent David Hag­gerty said: “The in­tro­duc­tion of Con­ti­nen­tal Qual­i­fi­ca­tion places is a sig­nif­i­cant and pos­i­tive change that we be­lieve will help strengthen par­tic­i­pa­tion in these im­por­tant re­gional games, and will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for ad­di­tional na­tions to con­test the Olympic Ten­nis Event.

“This ini­tia­tive forms part of our com­mit­ment un­der the ITF2024 strat­egy to se­cure mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial part­ner­ships, and we look for­ward to work­ing with our Re­gional As­so­ci­a­tions to en­sure suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion,” he added.

For the North and South Amer­i­can con­ti­nent, the qual­i­fi­ca­tion route will be the 2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games in Lima, Peru.

At these games, both the fi­nal­ists will qual­ify. For the African con­ti­nent, the qual­i­fi­ca­tion event will be the 2019 African Games in Luk­saka, Zam­bia.

ITF pres­i­dent Hag­gerty calls it a sig­nif­i­cant move for world ten­nis

India’s Ankita Raina im­pressed in the re­cently held Fed Cup tie.

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