The absurdness of tennis at Los Angeles is doubly apparent when you look at the prospective entry list: Jimmy Arias, Andrea Jaeger, Andrea Leand, Kathleen Horvath for the United States, Carling Bassett for Canada, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg for Sweden, Manuela Maleeva for Bulgaria, Patrick Cash for Australia, Catherine Tanvier for France to name the most prominent. These are thoroughgoing pros who wouldn't take two steps in any direction without consulting their tax accountants. But, under a curious IOC (International Olympic Committee) ruling, any swatter of tennis balls is eligible as long as she or he hasn't committed a 21st birthday.
Tennis just doesn't need the Olympics and vice-versa. Rather than a once- every-four-years show, international tennis presents an Olympic equivalent for tennis players of the world four times a year: The French, Wimbledon, US and Australian championships. These are open championships accepting professed pros and amateurs with the qualifications. And they are accompanied by junior championships. Anybody holding competitive credentials can play, whether Russian, South African, any brand of Chinese or Korean, Chilean, Zimbabwean or whoever.