Russia’s Natela Dzalamidze switches nationality to Georgia to play Wimbledon

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Russia’s Natela Dzalamidze is listed as Georgia’s entry in the Women’s Doubles Wimbledon roster, with Serb Alexandra Krunic as her partner.

Russia’s Natela Dzalamidze is listed as Georgia’s entry in the Women’s Doubles Wimbledon roster, with Serb Alexandra Krunic as her partner.

A native of Moscow, Natela Dzalamidze will be able to compete at Wimbledon, despite ban of Russian and Belarusian players at this year’s championship after changing her citizenship to represent Georgia.

The 29-year-old is listed as Georgia’s representative on the Wimbledon women’s doubles list, where she will be partnered by Serb Alexandra Krunic. On the WTA Tour website, her nationality is Georgian.

In April, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) banned Russian and Belarusian players from participating in Wimbledon due to invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”. Belarus was a key springboard for the invasion.

No involvement in change: AELTC

AELTC has stated that it has nothing to do with changing the nationality of the players.

“A player’s nationality, defined as the flag under which they play at professional events, is an agreed process that is governed by the tours and the ITF,” an AELTC spokesperson said. Reuters in an email.

The WTA and ITF did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Grand Slam tournament on grass, which will begin on June 27, is over. deprived of rating points ATP and WTA Tours in connection with the decision to exclude players from Russia and Belarus.

Earlier this month, the US Tennis Association said Russian and Belarusian players would be allowed to compete in the US Open this year under a neutral flag.

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