Natela Dzalamidze, a Russian-born tennis participant, has modified her nationality to Georgian with a view to evade the ban imposed by Wimbledon on all Russian avid gamers following the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to CNN, the world No. 43 doubles specialist is now formally acknowledged as having Georgian nationality on the WTA website online and is allowed to compete with Serbian doubles companion Aleksandra Kruni? when Wimbledon begins on June 27.
This comes after Wimbledon launched in April that every one Russian and Belarusian athletes is likely to be barred from competing
Some of tennis’ largest names is likely to be absent at SW19, along with males’s world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and women’s world No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka.
A Wimbledon spokeswoman knowledgeable The Times that they’d been unable to forestall Dzalamidze, who participated beneath the neutral flag on the French Open, from altering her nationality.
“Player nationality, defined as the flag they represent in professional events,” the advisor outlined, “is an agreed-upon method overseen by the Tours and the ITF.”
The tennis world has been divided by the ban on Russian and Belarusian avid gamers, and the US Open stated ultimate week that it couldn’t observe Wimbledon’s lead later this 12 months, with avid gamers from every nations permitted to compete beneath a neutral flag.