Russian and Belarusian tennis players will be allowed to compete in the US Open

The US Open will allow tennis players from Russia and Belarus to compete this year despite the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which prompted Wimbledon to ban these athletes.

US Tennis Association CEO and CEO Lou Cher, whose group runs the US Open, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that the US Tennis Association’s board of directors decided to allow Russians and Belarusians into the tournament due to “concern about the detention of individual athletes.” about the actions and decisions of their governments.

Scheer said athletes from Russia and Belarus will play at Flushing Meadows under a neutral flag – an arrangement that has been used in various tennis tournaments around the world, including the French Open, which ended on June 5.

Since Russia began its attacks on Ukraine in February, Russian athletes have been banned from participating in several sports, including World Cup qualifiers. Belarus assisted Russia in the invasion.

Russia was also held outside the international team competitions in tennis, the Billie Jean King Cup and the Davis Cup. He was the reigning hero in both.

The All England Club, where the main draw for Wimbledon begins on June 27, announced in April that it would ban all Russians and Belarusians from entering its stadiums – meaning the currently ranked No. 1, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, is ineligible to participate. to share.

The US Open begins on August 29 in New York.

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