Victor Estrella likely to play for DR in Olympic Games
With an Association of Tennis Professionals ranking of 43rd in the world, 35-year old Victor Estrella is now likely to play his first Olympic Games in Rio. Although his ranking has since dropped from his career best to 78, he is now the top ranked player in Central America and the Caribbean as of yesterday, Monday, 6 June 2016 and would win the slot to play in this year’s Rio Games. The International Tennis Federation will be making the announcement in July 2016, according to Dominican Tennis Federation president Persio Maldonado.
In singles, the 56 top-ranked tennis players in the world earn the right to be one of the 64 tennis players in the Olympic Games. However, there is a cap of four per country, which eliminates 17 players from Spain, the United States and France from qualifying. This pushes Estrella up to 60th position. The International Tennis Foundation then distributes six positions: Europe, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, Asia, Oceania and Africa.
To qualify, the player must also have played in the Davis Cup in the past three years for the nation that will be represented, which applies in Victor Estrella’s case. If he plays, Estrella will be the first male Dominican tennis player in the Olympics. The first Dominican women were Joelle Schad (Atlanta 1996) and Mary Joe Fernandez (Dominican-born but playing for the US team) who won gold in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and Atlanta 1996.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
June 7, 2016
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