The frustration of Russian and Belarusian tennis professionals is great: Because Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is still going on, Wimbledon has decided no Russian players to participate in the third Grand Slam tournament of the year. In addition, no world ranking points are awarded in London. At least against the fact that she is not allowed to participate, a Russian woman has now defended herself. She is now Georgian and can therefore compete in Wimbledon.
You, this is Natela Dzalamidze, the world number 43 in doubles. The 29-year-old was born in Moscow but is now listed as Georgian on the WTA website. Her surname suggests that Dzalamidze has Georgian roots. From June 27th she can take part in the Wimbledon doubles competition with her Serbian partner Aleksandra Krunic, stars like Daniil Medvedev, Andrei Rublev and Aryna Sabalenka have to watch.
A Wimbledon announcer is joined by Thetimes.co.uk (payment barrier) quoted that there was no way to prevent Dzalamidze from changing nationalities. “The nationality of the players, defined by the flag under which they play at professional events, is an agreed process regulated by the tours (WTA and ATP) and the international tennis association ITF,” said the spokesman. At the French Open, the two-time tournament winner competed under a neutral flag.