A Russian tennis player changes nationality to be able to participate in Wimbledon

The newspaper specifies that the 29-year-old player, now Georgian, will participate in the tournament, associated with the Serb Aleksandra Krunic.

In reaction to the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the organizers of the London lifting of the Grand Slam decided last April to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 edition of the tournament.

Quoted by the Times, a spokesman for the All England Club, which organizes Wimbledon, underlines that the management of the tournament is unable to react to the change of nationality of Dzalamidze.

“The nationality of a player, defined by the flag under which he participates in professional events, is a recognized process which is governed by the circuits (the ATP for men’s tennis, the WTA for women’s tennis, editor’s note) and by the International Tennis Federation,” he said.

Wimbledon begins on June 27. Several leading players, including world number one, Russian Daniil Medvedev, and world number 6 Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, are excluded.

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