Former Illini Kevin Anderson will participate at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
July 7, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illini Kevin Anderson will represent his native country of South Africa at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, as announced by the International Tennis Federation last week. Anderson is one of six male wildcard ITF Places.
Fifty-six players were selected for the Olympic Field based on their South African Airways ATP Ranking as of June 9 (following Roland Garros), with a limit of four singles players per gender per country. Additionally, six wildcard places were named by the ITF, along with three alternates in the event of a withdrawal.
ITF Places are awarded to players who do not meet the direct acceptance requirements of the tournament but who, in the view of the ITF Olympic Committee, meet other criteria that would enhance the field for the 2008 competition. The entry of these players has been endorsed by their respective National Associations and National Olympic Committees.
The 2008 Olympic tennis event will be played from August 10-17 at the new Olympic Tennis Center in Beijing, China. Tennis was a part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. After the 1924 Paris Games, tennis withdrew from the Olympics but returned as a demonstration event in 1984 Los Angeles and returned as a full medal sport in 1988 Seoul.
ITF Places (Wild Cards)
95 Kevin Anderson, RSA
102 Jonas Bjorkman, SWE
113 Kei Nishikori, JPN
131 Nicolas Massu, CHI
261 Max Mirnyi, BLR
489 Peng Sun, CHN