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Baghdatis qualifies for Rio Olympics

The Cypriot will be competing in his third Games this August

Cyprus tennis star Marcos Baghdatis has qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

According to a press release issued by the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Baghdatis, ranked 41 in the world, will compete in Rio during the first week of the Games, between August 6-14, at the Olympic Tennis Centre.

The Cyprus Olympic Committee congratulates 31-year-old Baghdatis, his coach Dejan Vojnović and the Cyprus Tennis Federation on this success.

The Rio Games will be the third Olympics for Baghdatis, who first participated in Athens in 2004 when he was 19-years-old. In 2008, despite the fact that he had qualified for Beijing, he did not compete due to an injury.

In London four years ago, he reached the third round.

Baghdatis, who was born in Limassol, was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open and a semi-finalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships. In August 2006 he reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No.8.

Twelve more Cypriot athletes have qualified so far for the Rio Olympics.

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