Wimbledon has admitted it was “powerless” to quit Moscow-born Natela Dzalamidze from shifting nationality to compete in The Championships, just after banning athletes from Russia and Belarus subsequent the invasion of Ukraine.
Dzalamidze performed in the French Open up below the neutral flag as a Russian athlete, and would have been banned from competing at Wimbledon, like other Russian and Belarusian players like planet No. 1 Daniil Medvedev.
But the 29-year-previous has absent to excess lengths to confirm her inclusion, switching to symbolize Georgia at SW19.
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Back in April, the All England Club verified that Russian and Belarusian gamers would be not able to contend at the Wimbledon Championships.
A assertion read: “Given the profile of The Championships in the United Kingdom and all-around the globe, it is our responsibility to participate in our part in the common initiatives of Government, sector, sporting and imaginative establishments to limit Russia’s world-wide influence by the strongest usually means attainable.
“In the circumstances of such unjustified and unparalleled navy aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any gains from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players with The Championships.
“It is consequently our intention, with deep regret, to decrease entries from Russian and Belarusian gamers to The Championships 2022.”
The Wimbledon Championships get underway on Monday 27 June, opening with the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ singles very first spherical.
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