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Nadal and Wozniacki included in provisional Olympic entry list

Britain Tennis - Aegon Women's Open - Nottingham Tennis Centre - 8/6/16 Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during the second round Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic/Files
Britain Tennis - Aegon Women's Open - Nottingham Tennis Centre - 8/6/16Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during the second roundAction Images via Reuters / Peter CziborraLivepic/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal, the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist, and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki were among those named in the provisional entry list for the August Rio Games by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Thursday.

Nadal and Wozniacki's participation had been in doubt as injury had prevented them from fulfilling the minimum number of Davis and Fed Cup appearances required in a four-year Olympic cycle to qualify for the Olympics.

Both had filed an appeal to be included and the list released by the ITF on Thursday showed that they would be making the trip to Brazil, although Nadal will have to show up for Spain's Davis Cup Europe/Africa Group 1, second round tie in Romania from July 15-17 if he wants to make the Rio field.

Nadal, currently out with a wrist injury, could also get the green light to compete from the ITF Olympic Committee appeal.

Britain's Andy Murray and 21-times grand slam champion Serena Williams will defend their London 2012 singles titles, while American twins Bob and Mike Bryan and Venus and Serena Williams will defend their doubles titles.

Sixty-four players will contest both the men's and women's singles. Thirty-two teams will contest both the men's and women's doubles. There will also be a mixed doubles event.

(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Martyn Herman)

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