Tennis: the US Open allows Russian and Belarusian players to compete under a neutral flag

The American Tennis Association (USTA) said on Tuesday that players from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to participate in the upcoming tournament under a neutral flag.

The move comes after Wimbledon officials banned top Russian players, including world number one Daniil Medvedev and other players, from taking part in the first grass-court tournament amid war in Ukraine. This decision deeply divided the world of tennis.

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“The USTA will allow all eligible players, regardless of nationality, to participate in the 2022 US Open,” the United States Tennis Association said.

The USTA added that it will undertake a humanitarian effort for the people of Ukraine and will work with players to ensure that “the US Open is a platform to continue the humanitarian effort of the ‘Tennis Plays for Peace’ program. “”.

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the ATP and WTA tours had previously condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), responsible for organizing the Wimbledon tournament, said it would “limit Russia’s global influence by the strongest means possible”.

The AELTC said it would be “unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive benefits” from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian actors.

Players from Russia or Belarus have also been banned from participating in Wimbledon warm-up events at Queen’s Club and Eastbourne.

The ITF had banned Russia and Belarus from competing in the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup as part of the restrictions.

However, the ATP and WTA had slammed the move, calling it “unfair” while adding that it set a “damaging precedent for the game”, even as tennis star Novak Djokovic had slammed the decision by calling her “crazy”.

(With agency contributions)


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