German Gremelmayr gets on with his tennis after Olympic snub

Other News Materials 5 August 2008 03:06 (UTC +04:00)

Denis Gremelmayr got down to his tennis business on Monday with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Fabio Fognini at the Los Angeles Classic, after another turn in Germany's Olympic tennis drama.

The number 86 would have been next in line for a place in Beijing, absent Monday's CAS decision that allowed veteran Rainer Schuettler into the Olympic tournament field. But Gremelmayr is opting out of any bad feelings, the dpa reported.

"It's not Rainer's fault. He played very well at Wimbledon," said Gremelmayr. "He did play the semis, even if it was after the Olympic deadline (June 9). I've not spoken to Rainer, but there is no point to complain."

Schuettler was given a late nomination for the Games by the German Olympic Committee, which overlooked a recommendation of Gremelmayr by the German Tennis Federation (DTB) in favour of the veteran.

The International Tennis Federation objected after their June 9 entry deadline was ignored by the German IOC, and the case went to the Swiss Court of Arbitration for Sport, which on Monday ruled Schuettler eligible to compete.

Gremelmayr, instead, will look to his pre-US Open season as he buries his disappointment.

"I've been training for two weeks. The hard court season is very important for me. I cannot call the ATP or ITF every two days asking about the situation," he said.

"It's unlucky for me. I was playing well this year, but now it's over, and I'll concentrate on the hard courts. I cannot change anything."

Gremelmayr underlined that he is not at odds with the DTB.

"I will be happy to play Davis Cup for Germany. It's not the fault of the German tennis federation but the Olympic committee," he said.

"It was big goal for me to play at the Olympics and play for the country. But what can I do?"

In other results on a lightly scheduled day, a pair of Frenchmen reached the second round as Marc Gicquel beat local Zack Fleishman 6- 3, 6-0, and Florent Serra came off a beating last week by Rafael Nadal to take out Andrey Golubev of Kazakstan 6-4, 6-1.