Natela Dzalamidze, a Russian-born tennis participant, has modified her nationality to Georgian with the intention to evade the ban imposed by Wimbledon on all Russian gamers following the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.
In keeping with CNN, the world No. 43 doubles specialist is now formally acknowledged as having Georgian nationality on the WTA web site and is allowed to compete with Serbian doubles accomplice Aleksandra Kruni? when Wimbledon begins on June 27.
This comes after Wimbledon introduced in April that every one Russian and Belarusian athletes can be barred from competing
A few of tennis’ greatest names can be absent at SW19, together with males’s world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and ladies’s world No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka.
A Wimbledon spokeswoman instructed The Instances that they have been unable to stop Dzalamidze, who participated below the impartial flag on the French Open, from altering her nationality.
“Participant nationality, outlined because the flag they signify in skilled occasions,” the consultant defined, “is an agreed-upon technique overseen by the Excursions and the ITF.”
The tennis world has been divided by the ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers, and the US Open said final week that it might not observe Wimbledon’s lead later this yr, with gamers from each international locations permitted to compete below a impartial flag.