Belgium's Olivier Rochus wants to be part of the Belgian National Olympic Games, but it seems unlikely he will reach his goal.
Rochus does not meet the criteria that applies in Belgium by the national tennis federation - to reach at least the quarterfinals in an ATP Master series or in the second round in a Grand Slam.
But the Belgian, who is within the top 64 ranking (and therefore, entitled to participate), is about to launch a lawsuit against the COIB (Federation of Belgian Olympic Committee), as revealed by website dh.be.
Rochus: "The last 24 hours have not been easy for me: I had too many thoughts in my head this morning I woke up at 5. I can not say much except that I and my lawyer are hopeful "
The same also goes for the German players. According to the rules of the German Tennis Federation, no player has qualified for the Olympics. In order to compete in the Olympic tournament, a player must be in the Top24 or reached quarter-finals or semifinals in a Grand Slam or a Masters 1000.
World no. 3 Roger Federer wanted to intervene in defense of German players: "It 'a joke that using these criteria. I'd like to see so many German players in the Olympics. Kohlschreiber beat Haas and Nadal has beaten me so I do not see why they should not be qualified for the tournament. The German players should understand that they can do very well on grass. "