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Raonic, Nestor top Canadian Olympic tennis team

06/13/2012 12:36 EDT | Updated 08/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Tennis Canada announced Wednesday its four nominees for the Canadian Olympic team.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will be Canada’s lone entry in the men’s singles draw in London, and Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., will compete in women’s singles. Toronto’s Daniel Nestor will team with Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil in men’s doubles.

The top 56 singles players in the world as of Monday’s rankings qualified for the Olympic tournaments, which will be held at Wimbledon.

Raonic was ranked No. 21, and Wozniak No. 56 after both reached the third round of the French Open.

Both players will be competing in their first Olympics.

“Ever since I came back after my health issues, I always said that my main goal was to play in the Olympics,” Wozniak said in a news release. “After a difficult few months last year, I’m proud to have gotten my ranking back and positioned myself to have a shot at playing in the Olympics.”

In doubles, the top 10 players received automatic entry to the Olympics with a teammate of their choice. Nestor is the top-ranked doubles player in the world, but his teammate on tour, Max Mirnyi, is from Belarus. They teamed up to win the French Open last weekend, giving Nestor his eighth career Grand Slam doubles title.

For the Olympics, Nestor, 38, chose to team with Pospisil, who will turn 22 in 10 days. The pair are 2-0 as a team in Davis Cup play.

Nestor will be playing in his fifth consecutive Olympics. He won gold at the 2000 Sydney Games with Sebastien Lareau.

“I’m very proud to be in a position where I can represent my country and hopefully bring back another medal,” said Nestor, who has won Wimbledon twice. “It was quite a special feat winning Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000 and with the growth of tennis in our country, we all can have a chance to make Canada proud.”

A total of six men and six women per country are allowed to participate in the Olympics, with a maximum of four singles players, two doubles teams and two mixed doubles teams per draw. Entries for mixed doubles teams will be taken from players already competing in singles and doubles.

Olympic tennis matches will take place from July 28 to Aug. 5.

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