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US Open to allow Russians and Belarusians to play Grand Slam

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Daniil Medvedev will defend his US Open title after the tournament allowed tennis players from Russia and Belarus to compete in Flushing Meadows.

The move contradicts Wimbledon’s stance which banned these athletes.

Lew Sherr, CEO and executive director of the US Tennis Association, whose group runs the US Open, announced that the USTA Board of Directors has decided to allow Russians and Belarusians to compete in the tournament because “the individual athletes care about the actions and decisions hold their governments accountable. ”

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

Since Russia launched its attacks on Ukraine in February, Russian athletes have been barred from competing in many sports, including the World Cup qualifying playoffs. Belarus supported Russia in the invasion.

Russia has also been hosted by international team events in tennis, the Billie Jean King Cup and the Davis Cup. It was the reigning champion in both.

The All England Club, where the main draw of Wimbledon begins on June 27, announced in April it would ban all Russians and Belarusians from its fields – meaning the No. 1 man, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, is ineligible.

The US Open begins on August 29 in New York.

AP contributed to this report

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