Tamira Paszek, the 2012 Eastbourne champion, has been confirmed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to enter into the 2012 Olympics Tennis tournament at Wimbledon following her successful appeal.
The appeal was made against the ITF Olympic Committee’s decision not to allow Paszek to compete at the London Games due to complications with fulfilling the Fed Cup element of the eligibility rule for the 2012 Olympics.
Yet Paszek, ranked in the world’s top 40 and the no1 Austrian on the WTA Tour, was helped by Tennis Austria to launch her appeal. Documents were produced to prove her availability and willingness to compete in Fed Cup events during 2010.
The Fed Cup element of the Olympic Eligibility Rule has been a bone of contention for many players, including world no1 Roger Federer.
Paszek’s appeal was successful as it was confirming that the vital two components of the rule were fulfilled by her, namely that she made herself available to compete in Fed Cup events during the Olympic cycle and she is a player who has a strong standing with Tennis Austria.
Paszek replaces Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky in the Olympics, and is a talent on grass having won the 2012 AEGON International with success over German Angelique Kerber and following it up with a shock success over former world no1 Caroline Wozniacki in the opening round of 2012 Wimbledon.