A Russian tennis participant has prevented a Wimbledon ban on all opponents from her nation by altering her nationality to Georgian, in accordance to a report in The Times newspaper.
Natela Dzalamidze, a 29-year-old doubles participant ranked No. 44 on this planet, will compete within the girls’s doubles with Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic when the match begins on June 27.
Wimbledon organizers the All England Club introduced in April that gamers from Russia and Belarus could be barred from competing this 12 months following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
But an All England Club spokesman advised The Times they have been powerless to intrude in Dzalamidze’s change of nationality, as this was a matter for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and that she had happy the entry necessities.
“Player nationality, defined as the flag they play under at professional events, is an agreed process that is governed by tours and the ITF,” the spokesman mentioned.
Wimbledon’s ban on gamers from Russia and Belarus provoked a hostile response elsewhere within the tennis world, with the WTA and the ATP, its male equal, stripping the match of rating factors.
None of the opposite Grand Slam tournaments have adopted Wimbledon’s lead, with the U.S. Open asserting final week that Russian and Belarus gamers can be allowed to compete below a impartial flag.
Wimbledon’s ban has dominated out a swathe of prime gamers, together with Daniil Medvedev, the boys’s world primary and the reigning U.S. Open champion, in addition to two-time main winner Victoria Azarenka.