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In a stark contrast to Wimbledon, Russian and Belarusian players allowed to compete at US Open under neutral flag


Russian and Belarusian players were allowed to compete at the French Open under a neutral flag last month. The main draw of the US Open will begin on August 29.

Russian Daniil Medvedev with his 2021 US Open trophy. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Russian Daniil Medvedev cannot compete at Wimbledon
  • French Open allowed Russian and Belarusian players
  • US Open main draw will begin on August 29

In a stark contrast to Wimbledon, the US Tennis Association (USTA) has allowed Russian and Belarusian players to compete at the US Open but under a neutral flag.

Wimbledon, which begins later this month, has banned Russian and Belarusian players. The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s move prompted the ATP and WTA Tours to strip the grasscourt Grand Slam of its ranking points.

Wimbledon’s decision has prevented world no.1 Daniil Medvedev of Russia from participating at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. However, he would be welcomed at Flushing Meadows to defend his title which he won by defeating Novak Djokovic in the final last year.

“Alongside the other Grand Slams, the ITF, the ATP and the WTA, the USTA, which owns and operates the US Open, has previously condemned, and continues to condemn, the unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia,” the USTA said.

“The USTA … supported the banning of the Russian and Belarusian Tennis Federations from the ITF, and therefore all international team competitions, and the directive for players from those countries to play under a neutral flag when competing outside of international team competitions.”

“We recognise that each organisation has had to deal with unique circumstances that affect their decisions. Based on our own circumstances, the USTA will allow all eligible players, regardless of nationality, to compete at the 2022 U.S. Open,” the USTA added.

Russian and Belarusian players were allowed to compete at the French Open under a neutral flag last month. The main draw of the US Open will begin on August 29.



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