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Russian-born women’s doubles player Natela Dzalamidze to represent Georgia at Wimbledon

Russian women’s doubles player Natela Dzalamidze WILL play at Wimbledon despite being born in Moscow, as she switches to represent Georgia to get around the ban

  • Russian-born Natela Dzalamidze will represent Georgia at Wimbledon
  • Players from Russia and Belarus are not allowed to participate in the tournament
  • The decision was taken in April after the Russian invasion of Ukraine

A Moscow-born women’s doubles player will be able to circumvent the Russian ban at Wimbledon this year because she now represents the country of Georgia.

Natela Dzalamidze, a 29-year-old who is currently 44th in doubles, is listed as coming from Georgia on the WTA Tour website – and on the Wimbledon entry list for the tournament, which starts on June 27. Dzalamidze will play with partner Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia.

“The nationality of players, defined as the flag they play under in professional events, is an agreed process governed by the Tours and the International Tennis Federation (ITF),” an All England Club spokeswoman said in an email. to The Associated Press on Sunday. †

Russian-born women's doubles player Natela Dzalamidze represents Georgia at Wimbledon

Russian-born women’s doubles player Natela Dzalamidze represents Georgia at Wimbledon

Dzalamidze was born in Moscow, but will represent Georgia to get around the ban on Russians at Wimbledon

Dzalamidze was born in Moscow, but will represent Georgia to get around the ban on Russians at Wimbledon

The All England Club said in April it would not allow players from Russia or Belarus to compete in the Grand Slam tournament on grass this year, due to the war in Ukraine.

Russia began attacking Ukraine in February, with assistance from Belarus.

The professional tennis tours of the WTA and ATP responded to the All England Club’s ban by announcing that they would not award ranking points to players for results at Wimbledon.

In April, the All England Club said it would not allow players from Russia or Belarus to participate

In April, the All England Club said it would not allow players from Russia or Belarus to participate

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