Russian player changes nationality to avoid Wimbledon ban

In April, Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, Natella, a Moscow-born tennis player, found a way to include herself in the championship by changing her nationality from Russia to Georgia.

The 29-year-old is on the Wimbledon entry list as a Georgian, who competed at the French Open in May under a neutral flag. At Wimbledon, she will compete with Alexandra Krunic of Serbia in the women’s doubles event.

The grass-court Grand Slam, starting on June 27, features Russia’s world number one men’s singles players Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev along with top women’s players Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka and Daria Kasatkina, who will be crowned the third Grand Slam of the year. has been barred from participating.

The All England Club said it had no involvement in changing the nationalities of the players.

BBC Sports quoted the All England Club as saying, “A player’s nationality, which is defined as the flag they play in professional events, is an agreed process governed by tourism and the ITF (International Tennis Federation). Is.”

Having lost in the first round of women’s doubles and mixed doubles at Roland Garros, Natella is ranked 43rd in the world in women’s doubles.

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