Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini could be barred from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics if they refuse to play in an international tennis competition this summer. Seles and Sabatini, two of the top three players in the world, could be banned if they do not offer to play for their countries in the Federation Cup, a spokesman for the International Tennis Federation said Tuesday.
Players must be in good standing with their national federations in order to qualify for the Olympics, said ITF spokesman Ian Barnes. That depends on the players making themselves available for the Davis Cup or Federation Cup this year, Barnes said. The Federation Cup will be held next month in England.
Seles said she does not want to play because Yugoslavia has such a weak team, though she has not ruled out changing her mind.
Sabatini, who has a poor relationship with the Argentine Tennis Federation, said she will "probably not" play.