Russian and Belarusian Gamers Allowed to Compete at U.S. Open


(Reuters) -Russian and Belarusian gamers shall be allowed to compete on the U.S. Open this yr however solely as neutrals, the US Tennis Affiliation (USTA) introduced on Tuesday, a call that stands in stark distinction to Wimbledon which banned them.

Wimbledon’s transfer to ban them from the event which begins later this month prompted the boys’s ATP and girls’s WTA Excursions to strip the grasscourt Grand Slam of its rating factors.

The choice prevents gamers comparable to males’s world primary Daniil Medvedev of Russia from enjoying on the All England Garden Tennis Membership (AELTC) however the USTA stated Russian and Belarusian gamers can be welcome at Flushing Meadows.

“Alongside the opposite Grand Slams, the ITF, the ATP and the WTA, the USTA, which owns and operates the US Open, has beforehand condemned, and continues to sentence, the unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia,” the USTA stated.

“The USTA … supported the banning of the Russian and Belarusian Tennis Federations from the ITF, and subsequently all worldwide group competitions, and the directive for gamers from these nations to play beneath a impartial flag when competing outdoors of worldwide group competitions.”

Gamers from the 2 nations had been allowed to play on the French Open.

AELTC Chairman Ian Hewitt stated in April that British authorities steering didn’t enable gamers to compete on the event primarily based on their rankings.

He stated there have been two accessible choices — declining entries, or permitting entries however solely with particular written declarations from particular person gamers, including that they made the “most accountable resolution doable within the circumstances”.

“We acknowledge that every group has needed to take care of distinctive circumstances that have an effect on their selections,” the USTA added.

“Based mostly on our personal circumstances, the USTA will enable all eligible gamers, no matter nationality, to compete on the 2022 U.S. Open.”

The ATP and WTA have themselves banned Russia and Belarus from worldwide group competitions following the invasion, which Moscow calls a ‘particular operation’, however allowed gamers from the 2 nations to compete as neutrals.

The principle draw on the U.S. Open begins on Aug. 29.

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