Estonian Tennis Association: Kontaveit not to compete at Olympics

Estonian tennis star Anett Kontaveit. (Reuters/Scanpix)
8/3/2016 9:34 AM
Source: BNS
Category: News

According to the Estonian Tennis Association, a Slovak tennis player's recent injury will not get Estonian tennis champion Anett Kontaveit to the Rio Games as reported by international media on Tuesday.

Following the injury of Slovak tennis player Dominika Cibulková, ranked 11th in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) at the Rogers Cup in Montreal last week, the media reported that Estonia's top tennis player, 20-year-old Anett Kontaveit (WTA 94), may have had the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Instead, Kontaveit will remain the first runner up.

According to the Estonian tennis organization, Kontaveit will unfortunately not compete at the Olympics this year as only the 56 top tennis players according to Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and WTA rankings as of June 6 as well as eight other athletes based on different criteria were granted spots in the Games.

Thus far, five tennis players have announced that they will not be competing at the Rio Olympics: Cibulková (WTA 11), Simona Halep (WTA 3), Victoria Azarenka (WTA 7), Belinda Bencic (WTA 16) and Karolína Plíšková (WTA 17).

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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