Natalie Dzalamidz, a Russian-born tennis player, can To compete at Wimbledon After all.
The 29-year-old women’s doubles player represents Georgia The All England Club Tournament starts next week After competing under the natural banner at the French Open last month, according to the WTA website.
“Player nationality is defined as the flag they play at professional events, an accepted process run by the Tours and the ITF (International Tennis Federation),” an All England Club spokesman told the Associated Press in an email. Weekend.
The tournament organizers announced the return in April Russian and Belarusian players will be banned from competing at Wimbledon Due to the invasion of Ukraine.
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“Under such unjust and unprecedented military aggression, it is not acceptable for the Russian regime to reap any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players in the Championships,” the statement read.
“So, with deep regret, we intend to reject entries from Russian and Belarusian players for the Championships 2022.”
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The WTA and ATP professional tennis tours have responded by banning the All England Club from announcing that they will not give any players ranking points for results at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic, a six-time Wimbledon champion, spoke of the decision at the time, saying he would always condemn the war. Politics and sports should never be mixed.
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“I do not support the Wimbledon decision. I think it’s insane. When politics interfere with the sport, the outcome is not good.”
Jalamidz will play with his Serbian partner Alexandra Krunik.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.