The Moscow-born doubles player is able to get around Russia’s Wimbledon ban as she now represents Georgia

LONDON – The Moscow-born women’s doubles player will be able to get around the ban on Russians at this year’s Wimbledon as she now represents Georgia.

Natela Dzalamidze, 29 and currently 44th in the doubles rankings, is listed as a Georgian on the WTA Tour – and in Wimbledon’s entry list for the tournament, which begins on June 27. Dzalamidze will play partner Aleksandra Krunic from Serbia.

Player nationality, which is defined as the flag under which they play in professional events, is an agreed-upon process and is governed by the Tours and the ITF [International Tennis Federation]A spokeswoman for the All England Club said in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday.

The All England Club said in April that it would not allow players from Russia or Belarus to compete in a Grand Slam tournament on grass this year because of the war in Ukraine.

Russia, with help from Belarus, invaded Ukraine in February.

The WTA and ATP tours responded to the All England Club ban by announcing that they would not award rating points to any player for their results at Wimbledon.

The British newspaper The Sunday Times first reported the new nationality of Dzalamidze.

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