A Russian-born tennis participant modified his nationality to Georgian to compete at Wimbledon later this month.
Doubles star Natela Dzalamidze, who’s at the moment quantity 43 on the planet, is now listed below the Georgia flag on the WTA web site. The transfer comes after Wimbledon has excluded all Russian and Belarusian gamers from this yr’s Grand Slam as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Belarus has supported the invasion.)
Dzalamidze competed on the French Open below the impartial flag. Whereas born in Moscow, the WTA stated Dzalamidze gave a Georgian passport as she is a twin citizen.
“Participant nationality, outlined because the flag they play below at skilled occasions, is an agreed-upon course of managed by Excursions and the ITF,” a Wimbledon spokesman stated in a press release to The Occasions by way of CNN.
The All England Membership introduced in April that they might ban gamers from Russia and Belarus from participating within the match later this month in response to the continued struggle in Ukraine. Though the match was one in all a number of that responded with related sanctions on account of Russia’s invasion, it confronted vital setbacks.
Consequently, the WTA and ATP excursions selected to not award any placement factors for Wimbledon this yr.
As a result of ban, a number of massive names – together with top-ranked males’s participant Daniil Medvedev and sixth ladies’s participant Aryna Sabalenka – is not going to take part.
Dzalamidze performed with Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik on the French Open in blended doubles and with Kamilla Rakhimova in ladies’s doubles.
Wimbledon begins on June 27.