Russian-born tennis participant Natela Dzalamidze adjustments nationality to keep away from Wimbledon ban



The doubles specialist, ranked No. 43 on the planet, is now formally listed as having Georgian nationality on the WTA web site and is eligible to compete with doubles accomplice Aleksandra Krunić of Serbia when Wimbledon will get underway on June 27.

After Wimbledon introduced the ban on all Russian and Belarusian athletes again in April, the ATP and WTA responded by eradicating all rankings factors that gamers would have in any other case earned for his or her efficiency on the All England Membership.

A few of tennis’ greatest stars, together with males’s world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and ladies’s world No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, won’t be competing at SW19.

In a press release revealed by The Times, a Wimbledon spokesperson stated they had been unable to cease Dzalamidze, who competed below the impartial flag on the French Open, from altering her nationality.

“Participant nationality, outlined because the flag they play below at skilled occasions, is an agreed course of that’s ruled by the Excursions and the ITF,” the spokesperson stated.

The ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers has divided the tennis world, and final week, the US Open introduced that it could not be following Wimbledon’s instance later this yr, with gamers from each nations eligible to compete below a impartial flag.



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