LONDON –Former Virginia men’s tennis player Somdev Devvarman (Class of 2008) received a wild card entry into the men’s singles tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games. Devvarman will represent his home nation of India as one of the 64 players who will compete in the event, held July 30-August 5 in Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced the Olympic field Tuesday, with 56 players receiving entry based on their ranking and eight players selected as wild card entries by the ITF. Devvarman, who has been sidelined with an injury since November, received one of the eight wild cards. The field of 64 includes all of the top 10 players in the world.

Devvarman, who reached a career-high No. 62 world ranking last year, is currently ranked No. 259 in the world. He is scheduled to make his return to action in July.

“I am really happy to have the opportunity to represent my country in the Olympics,” said Devvarman. “It is a great opportunity and I look forward to competing at the Games at Wimbledon.”

Devvarman, who won the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Singles Championships at Virginia, becomes the first Cavalier to participate in the Olympic Tennis Tournament. He joins several other current and former Virginia student-athletes who are expected to compete in the London Olympics, including field hockey players Paige Selenski (United States) and Michelle Vittese (United States); women’s soccer players Becky Sauerbrunn (United States) and Lori Lindsey (alternate, United States); swimmers Katya Bachrouche (Lebanon) and David Karasek (Switzerland); and rower Inge Janssen (Netherlands).

2012 Olympic Men’s Tennis Singles Field
Argentina: Juan Martin del Potro, Juan Monaco, Carlos Berlocq, David Nalbandian
Australia: Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt*
Austria: Jurgen Melzer
Belgium: Olivier Rochus, David Goffin, Steve Darcis
Brazil: Thomaz Bellucci*
Bulgaria: Grigor Dimitrov
Canada: Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil*
Chinese Taipei: Yen-Hsun Lu
Colombia: Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla
Croatia: Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic, Ivan Dodig
Cyprus: Marcos Baghdatis
Czech Republic: Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek
Finland: Jarkko Nieminen
France: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet
Germany: Philipp Kohlschreiber
Great Britain: Andy Murray
India: Somdev Devvarman*
Italy: Andreas Seppi, Fabio Fognini
Japan: Kei Nishikori, Go Soeda, Tatsuma Ito
Kazakhstan: Mikhail Kukushkin
Luxembourg: Gilles Muller
Netherlands: Robin Haase
Poland: Lukasz Kubot
Romania: Adrian Ungur*
Russia: Mikhail Youzhny, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Nikolay Davydenko, Dmitry Tursunov
Serbia: Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki
Slovak Republic: Lukas Lacko, Martin Klizan
Slovenia: Blaz Kavcic*
Spain: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Fernando Verdasco
Switzerland: Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka
Tunisia: Malek Jaziri*
Ukraine: Sergiy Stakhovsky*
USA: John Isner, Andy Roddick, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison
Uzbekistan: Denis Istomin

* ITF wild card selection