Photo: Hedeson AlvesVerónica Cepede Royg (PAR)
The first two names to make up the women's singles draw at London 2012's Olympic Tennis Event have been announced with 100 days to go until the start of "the greatest show on earth".
The ITF has confirmed that Stephanie Vogt of Liechtenstein and Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay have been awarded Tripartite Commission Invitation places to compete at the All England Club, Wimbledon, from 28 July.
Vogt, 22, receives a Tripartite invitation for the second time, having had to withdraw from the Beijing Olympic Tennis Event though injury. She reached a career-high ITF Junior World Ranking of No. 5, and is currently ranked No. 258 on the WTA rankings. She has played 12 Fed Cup ties for Liechtenstein and won five titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit. She will become the first player from Liechtenstein to compete in the Olympic Tennis Event.
Twenty-year-old Cepede Royg, meanwhile, will make her full Olympic debut having competed at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games. She has played 24 Fed Cup ties for Paraguay and broke into the world’s top 200 for the first time in 2012, currently standing at No. 212. Cepede Royg has been a member of several ITF/Grand Slam Junior Touring Teams supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund. She will become the first player from Paraguay to contest the Olympic Tennis Event since Rossana de los Rios in 2000, who spectacularly defeated No. 1 Lindsay Davenport in the second round in Sydney.
The Tripartite Commission consists of representatives from the IOC, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the ITF, with invitations available for singles players from nations with small Olympic teams. At the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event, Tripartite invitations are being allocated in the women’s singles only, so there will be two additional ITF places in the men’s singles event. ITF places are awarded by the ITF Olympic Committee to players who do not receive a direct entry.
The entry process for all other places in the tennis event is ongoing. Direct entries will be based on the official world rankings of Monday 11 June. Nations will then be advised which players are eligible for direct acceptance, and can submit their player nominations to the ITF and make applications for ITF Places. The full list of entries (men’s and women’s singles and doubles) will be announced on Thursday 28 June. Entries for the mixed doubles will be confirmed on site during the event.
In the singles events, there will be 56 direct acceptances, with eight ITF places in the men’s singles, and six ITF places and two Tripartite Commission Invitation places in the women’s singles.
In the men’s and women’s doubles events, there will be 24 direct acceptances and eight ITF places. In the mixed doubles event, there will be 12 direct acceptances and four ITF places.
A maximum of six men and six women will be allowed per country, with a maximum of four singles players, two doubles teams, and two mixed doubles teams. Entries for mixed doubles will be taken from those players already competing in singles or doubles.