August 8, 2022

Gamers from Russia and Belarus might be allowed to compete within the 2022 US Open below a impartial flag, the US Tennis Affiliation introduced Tuesday.

“The USTA will permit all eligible gamers, no matter nationality, to compete on the 2022 US Open,” the group mentioned in an announcement.

The transfer comes after the ATP and WTA stripped Wimbledon of rating factors after the grass-court Grand Slam match banned Russian and Belarusians.

Ukrainian former participant Sergiy Stakhovsky instantly condemned the US Open determination.

“You can’t put a price ticket on having the ability to stay with your self,” tweeted Stakhovsky, who retired from tennis earlier this yr and has joined Ukraine’s reserve forces in Kyiv.

“I salute Wimbledon, the one entity which has an ethical code.”

The Worldwide Tennis Federation, the ATP and WTA Excursions have all condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, supported by Belarus.

Russian and Belarusian gamers will be capable of compete below a impartial flag on the 2022 US Open Picture: AFP / ANGELA WEISS

They banned the international locations from worldwide crew competitions and issued directives that gamers from these nations compete below a impartial flag in different competitions.

“The USTA will work with the gamers and each excursions to make use of the US Open as a platform to additional the humanitarian effort of the ‘Tennis Performs for Peace’ program.”

The USTA additionally mentioned it might introduce initiatives to assist ongoing Ukrainian humanitarian efforts.

“Sadly, the necessity for assist solely continues to develop,” mentioned USTA president Mike McNulty.

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“The USTA might be responding very quickly with a broad set of initiatives that can embrace vital monetary help and different applications to additional help humanitarian aid and the folks of Ukraine.”

Wimbledon’s ban has dominated out a swathe of high gamers, together with Daniil Medvedev, the boys’s world primary and the reigning US Open champion, in addition to final yr’s ladies’s US Open semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka and two-time main winner Victoria Azarenka.

They are going to be eligible to seem on the US Open.