Sania Mirza, Somdev get wild cards for London Olympics

Sania Mirza was on Tuesday awarded a wild card entry into the women's doubles event of the London Olympics, ending suspense over her participation in the event and also making her eligible to compete in the mixed doubles competition in which India is hopeful of winning a medal. Sania was handed a wild card along with veteran Rushmi Chakravarthy while Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman was given a wild card entry in the men's singles event.
All India Tennis Association has received a letter from International Tennis Federation (ITF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti, stating that wild card applications for Sania and Somdev have been accepted. Paes had demanded a written assurance from Sania that she would play only with him instead of Mahesh Bhupathi in the mixed doubles. Paes, who it is believed, was waiting for announcement of the wild card, will now have to clear his stand quickly.

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