Lleyton Hewitt is dumbfounded by his Olympic doubles snub after the International Tennis Federation rejected his and Chris Guccione's wildcard request for the London Games.
Hewitt, now ranked No.202 in the world after an injury-ravaged past two years, received a wildcard into the 64-strong men's singles draw which also features Australian No.1 Bernard Tomic.
But the dual grand slam champion and former world No.1 was bewildered by officials' failure to recognise his 14 years' devotion to the Davis Cup - a competition also run by the ITF - with a doubles entry as well.
While many of the game's stars often skip the century-old teams' event to focus on the ATP Tour, Hewitt has been among the competition's most loyal supporters for well over a decade.
The 31-year-old is the most successful singles player in Australian Davis Cup history and has chalked up a total of 49 wins for his country in singles and doubles.
"I am disappointed. I can't work that out for the life of me," Hewitt said after learning he'd been denied a doubles wildcard on Tuesday.
"I guess playing as much Davis Cup as you do doesn't count for everything."
Hewitt and Guccione have an impressive track record together. The pair beat reigning Olympic Champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka on grass in Sydney last September, and conquered Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The ITF instead awarded their men's doubles wildcards to controversial Argentine David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank, Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Cabal and Santiago Giraldo, Japan's Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda, Romanians Horia Tecau and Adrian Ungur, Russians Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny and Slovakian pair Martin Klizan and Lukas Lacko.
US Open champion Samantha Stosur is the only Australian in the women's singles draw.
Stosur will also partner Casey Dellacqua in the women's doubles, with Jarmila Gajdosova and Anastasia Rodionova giving Australia a second team in the event.
Stosur could also end up playing in the mixed doubles with either Tomic or Hewitt, who won the 2000 US Open men's doubles with Belarusian Max Mirnyi and has also teamed with Stosur at the Hopman Cup.
Nations have until July 31 - three days into the Games - to nominate for the mixed doubles.
The Olympic tennis tournament runs from July 28 until August 5 at Wimbledon.
After making a first-round exit on Tuesday in his 14th Wimbledon campaign, Hewitt was at least grateful to receive a third shot at an Olympic medal in the singles."At least I get to play here again," he said. "It's a bonus."
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