US Open allows Russian and Belarusian tennis players

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Russian and Belarusian tennis players are admitted to the US Open (August 29-September 11). The organization announced this on Tuesday. Wimbledon (June 27 – July 10) is therefore the only grand slam tournament to bar Russians and Belarusians in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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The United States Tennis Association (USTA), which is responsible for organizing the US Open, states that Russian and Belarusian tennis players can compete under a neutral flag. Furthermore, the USTA provides additional financial support for humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

The Wimbledon organization decided in April not to admit Russian and Belarusian players. Wimbledon became the first tennis tournament to ban players because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The decision caused a lot of resentment among players and associations. The umbrella tennis organizations ATP and WTA reacted sharply: there are no ranking points to be earned at Wimbledon this year.

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“We recognize that every organization has had to deal with unique circumstances that shape their decisions,” the USTA said in a press release. “Based on our circumstances, the USTA will allow all eligible players to participate in the US Open, regardless of nationality.”

Russian Daniil Medvedev (ATP 1) won the US Open last year.

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