Athens:With less than a week for the Olympics to begin, there's controversy raging among women tennis players. The world's top female tennis players are contemplating boycotting the Games, after the German Olympic Committee refused to send its top two women players to Athens. Anca Barna and Marlene Weingartner are two of Germany's best-known women tennis players. But surprisingly they will not be representing Germany at the Athens Olympics. Both of them have been prevented from participating in Athens despite having met the International Tennis Federation's qualifying standard. Normally the top 56 ranked players earn automatic entry into the Olympics. And Barna and Weingaertner, ranked 46th and 52nd respectively, qualify for Athens based on the ITFs criteria. However, the German Olympic Committee, had its own criteria which states that a player must reach a semi-final of a Grand Slam or the final of a tier-one eventaÂ"something which neither player has done. Meanwhile, WTA players are threatening to boycott the Athens Games if Barna and Marlene Weingaertner are not cleared to compete. The German Olympic Committee though has refused to comment on the issue.
Topics : Tennis