Russian Tennis Chief Concerned About Olympic Schedule

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Shamil Tarpischev, the long standing Russian Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain, is a man who has long supported the much debated concept of tennis being an Olympic sport and somebody whose opinion goes a long way in the sport.

So if Tarpischev is openly critical of the schedule for the 2012 Olympic Games tennis event to be held at Wimbledon in London from July 28 to August 5, people need to take notice.

The schedule lays down singles and doubles will be played concurrently during the first four days of the event, with the first round of mixed doubles beginning on the fifth day, when no doubles matches will be held.

However, on the sixth day, the singles and mixed quarters will be contested, as well as the doubles semis. “This is just crazy,” stormed Tarpischev.

“I’m worried actually about the Olympic regulations, because they will make play tennis players during the Olympic Games for just nine days, and sometimes a player, a given player, can play singles, mixed doubles, and doubles in the same day.”

Tarpischev chose the Fed Cup final in Moscow to make his views public. “I think it is because there is some incongruence and a lack of understanding between the WTA, ATP, and the ITF,” he said. “They just don’t want to make sacrifices to come up with a coherent Olympic schedule.”

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