Nagal also stands a chance to feature in doubles, provided his combined ranking with Rohan Bopanna, the highest-ranked Indian in doubles, makes the cut.
The last time India had an entry in singles at the Games was in London 2012 when Somdev Devvarman and Vishnu Vardhan competed.
“I knew it (cut off) was going to drop. Things area little bit different this year, compared to other Olympics.
“Nonetheless, I feel very happy that I got in. Getting a chance to wear the Indian colour and represent the country in the singles draw, I can’t complain much about it,” Nagal said.
No words can express my emotions. A surreal feeling to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Grateful to all your support… https://t.co/tQrWKPeGBB
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The 23-year-old said he would give his best shot at winning a medal.
“In tennis anything is possible. What are the chances? Nobody knows,” he said. “Will I go and do my best on the court, will I give my 100 per cent
on the court? That’s for sure. Those are the things I am looking forward to and have in my mind.”
Nagal will also get priority entry in doubles since the ITF Olympics qualification system gives priority to singles players onsite. That means the nomination of Bopanna and Divij Sharan, ranked 38 and 75 respectively as on June 14, stand withdrawn despite having a higher combined ranking.
This has been a source of heart-burn for the doubles players on the Tour, but the ITF said it was guided by IOC diktat.
“There has been singles priority in doubles at previous Games. There is a directive from the IOC to help keep the number of athletes on site as close to the agreed quota as possible,” an ITF spokesperson said.
The tennis entries have been capped at 86 each for men and women, combining singles and doubles.