NEW DELHI: Sania Mirza has been given a doubles entry with Sunitha Rao for the Beijing Olympics, according to the list of direct acceptances announced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in London on Wednesday.

Sania would thus be competing in both the singles and doubles, in her maiden Olympic Games. The ITF also confirmed the entry for Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes who would be fighting together in their fourth Olympics.

Among the other pairs in the men’s doubles, Roger Federer will be playing with Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal will be with Tommy Robredo.

Novak Djokovic will be a strong favourite with specialist Nenad Zimonjic, while the defending champions Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez will be there along with the bronze medallists of Athens, Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic who had denied Paes and Bhupathi a medal. — Special Correspondent

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