Indian men’s doubles hopes end in tennis

Missing the bus: Bopanna received confirmation on Monday that there would be no eleventh-hour Olympic call.   | Photo Credit: Alberto Pezzali

India's hopes of fielding a men’s doubles team at the Tokyo Olympics ended on Monday.

After Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan had failed to make the cut, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) had explored the possibility of pairing Bopanna with Sumit Nagal, after the latter earned a singles spot on Friday.

The rationale behind the move was the ITF's ‘Singles Priority’ rule in place for Tokyo, which allows players in the singles draw to play doubles if any spot was available after 24 Direct Acceptance places (based on combined doubles ranking) and a quota of 86 athletes per gender was reached.

ITF clarifies

The ITF, however, clarified to Bopanna that the rules did not allow for any change of nomination after the June 22 deadline.

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