Natela Dzalamidze has found the parade to have the right to play at Wimbledon. The Russian, ranked 43rd player in the world in doubles by the WTA, has changed nationality to be able to participate in the tournament, reports the British daily on Sunday The Times. The newspaper specifies that the 29-year-old player, now Georgian, will be associated with the Serb Aleksandra Krunic.
In reaction to the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the organizers of the London lifting of the Grand Slam decided last April to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 edition. Wimbledon begins on June 27. Several top players, including world number one Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka, are excluded.
“A recognized process”
Quoted by Times, a spokesperson for the All England Club, which organizes Wimbledon, stresses that the tournament management is unable to react to Dzalamidze’s change of nationality. “The nationality of a player, defined by the flag under which he participates in professional events, is a recognized process which is governed by the circuits (the ATP for men’s tennis, the WTA for women’s tennis) and by the International Tennis Federation”.