The player in question is doubles specialist Natera Zaramize, who has hired Georgian nationality to compete in the Grand Slam of the Grass Court.
Wimbledon was in the “hurricane eye” at the end of April last year. Exclusion Russian and Belarusian tennis players who participated in the war with Ukraine.
The Grass Court Grand Slam in London from June 27th to July 10th was the first major competition to ban individual athletes, including Daniil Medvedev, who is currently the number one in the world.
There are quite a few critics of this measure, including Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Rafael Nadal in Spain. “It’s unfair to my teammates (…) they’re not because of what’s happening in the war,” said the Manacor man, the winner of the 22’Grand’.
Not only that. ATP has announced that prestigious British tournaments will not give points to the world rankings.
In the face of this decision, Russian tennis player Natera Zaramize Change nationality Challenge the most important competition on the lawn and get on the official WTA list Georgia ..
A player from Moscow is a doubles specialist, 43 in the world rankings, who will play with Serbian partner Alexandra Krnick and the All England Club.
🎾🇷🇺 Tennis player Natera Zaramize plays # Wimbledon Despite the ban on Russian-born tournaments.
how was it? Just before the registration deadline, my nationality was changed to 🇬🇪 Georgian. pic.twitter.com/T00JM7y95m
— Histoporte (@histoporte_) June 19, 2022
This change of nationality has been received backup From Alex Metreberg, Vice President of the Georgian Tennis Federation. “This is good news for Georgia, for the sport, and for the spread of the whole country,” he said.
“It was a conscious decision. Zaramize had a Georgian passport for a long time. Compete for. Their historic home Added a leader.
Please note that currently Russian and Belarusian tennis players cannot compete on the circuit or play in team tournaments under their own name or flag in both ATP and WTA.
The US Open will not follow the Wimbledon line. The American Hardcourt Grand Slam has announced that Russian and Belarusian players will be able to compete under a neutral flag.