US Open 2022: Russian, Belarusian players allowed to compete

In its announcement Tuesday, the US Tennis Association, which administers the tournament, echoed its prior condemnations of Russia's unprovoked and illegitimate invasion of Ukraine.

Daniil Medvedev in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/@atptour)

Tennis players from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to compete in the 2022 US Open as long as they compete under a neutral flag, according to organisers. In its announcement Tuesday, the US Tennis Association, which administers the tournament, echoed its prior condemnations of Russia’s unprovoked and illegitimate invasion of Ukraine, while also stating that all eligible players regardless of nationality are welcome to compete.

“Tennis has done much through Tennis Plays for Peace for humanitarian support of Ukraine. Unfortunately, the need for help only continues to grow. The USTA will be responding very soon with a broad set of initiatives that will include significant financial assistance and other programs to further support humanitarian relief and the people of Ukraine,” Chairman Mike McNulty said in a statement.

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The US Open’s organisers restated their support for the International Tennis Federation’s restriction on teams from Russia or Belarus competing in the tournament, emphasising that the policy will be followed. Rather of going farther than the ITF ban, the USTA will try to promote awareness of the “Tennis Plays for Peace” campaign, which attempts to raise funds for relief efforts in Ukraine’s war-torn country. Additional efforts, such as financial help for Ukraine, will be disclosed soon, according to the group.

Russia’s Medvedev is the defending champion

The US Open was won last year by Russian player Daniil Medvedev, who is presently ranked No. 1 in the world in men’s tennis, according to ESPN. Because of the USTA’s ruling, he will be able to defend his title at the major, which will begin on August 29 in New York. The USTA’s welcoming attitude toward individual Russian and Belarusian players contrasts with the All England Club’s handling of the Ukraine conflict. All players from Russia and Belarus are barred from competing in the prestigious Wimbledon tournament, which runs from June 27 to July 10.




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