New Delhi: Sania Mirza (25), Rushmi Chakravarthy (35) , received a wild card entry into the women’s doubles event of the London Olympic where earlier, Mirza’s participation in the London Olympics was being questioned at all. This wild card entry makes 7 players from India to be representing India in London Olympics
It was reported that, All India Tennis Association has received a letter from International Tennis Federation (ITF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti, stating that wild card applications for Sania and Somdev have been accepted. Implying that this time India will be fielding largest tennis contingents ever in London Olympics.
Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Visnu Vardhan were earlier announced by AITA (All India Tennis Association) last week.
Where it’s said Paes would partner Mirza. Paes has asked for a written affirmation from Mirza that she will only play with Paes in Mixed Doubles and not with Bopanna.
This selection from AITA stirred a lot of controversy, as Mirza states in a blog at private news paper,” I was offered as a bait- To Dr Vece Paes, who has on camera asked me to give in writing about my intention of partnering his son for mixed doubles, I would like to point out that my commitment is to my country. For the sake of India, I am committed to play with Leander Paes or Mahesh Bhupathi or Rohan Bopanna or Somdev Devvarman or Vishnu Vardhan or any other person that my country feels I am good enough to partner. There should never ever be a question on this although if asked, I am entitled to have my preferences.”