A Russian tennis participant has averted a Wimbledon ban on all opponents from her nation by altering her nationality to Georgian, in accordance with a report in The Occasions newspaper.
Natela Dzalamidze, a 29-year-old doubles participant ranked No 44 on the earth, will compete within the ladies’s doubles with Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic when the match begins on June 27.
Wimbledon organisers the All England Membership introduced in April that gamers from Russia and Belarus could be barred from competing this yr following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However an All England Membership spokesman instructed The Occasions they have been powerless to intervene in Dzalamidze’s change of nationality, as this was a matter for the Ladies’s Tennis Affiliation (WTA) and the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF), and that she had glad the entry necessities.
“Participant nationality, outlined because the flag they play below at skilled occasions, is an agreed course of that’s ruled by excursions and the ITF,” the spokesman stated.
Wimbledon’s ban on gamers from Russia and Belarus provoked a hostile response elsewhere within the tennis world, with the WTA and the ATP, stripping the match of rating factors.
Not one of the different Grand Slam tournaments have adopted Wimbledon’s lead, with the US Open asserting final week that Russian and Belarus gamers will likely be allowed to compete below a impartial flag.
Wimbledon’s ban has dominated out a swathe of high gamers, together with Daniil Medvedev, the boys’s world primary and the reigning US Open champion, in addition to two-time main winner Victoria Azarenka.