Russian and Belarusian tennis players can still compete, but not under their flags

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Topline

Russian and Belarusian tennis players can no longer compete under their country’s name or flag, international tennis governing bodies said in a joint statement on Tuesday, short of the International Olympic Committee’s agreement. call Monday to ban athletes from both countries in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Highlights

the statementpublished jointly by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the four Grand Slam tournaments, stipulates that Russian and Belarusian players can still compete “for now” in tournaments.

The ITF has suspended the Russian and Belarusian teams from all international team competitions, a move that will likely prevent the countries from participating in the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King doubles tournaments later this year.

The ATP and WTA have announced the suspension of a joint tournament scheduled for October in Moscow, following the decision of the ITF early cancellation of all events in Belarus and Russia.

Key Context

The IOC advised on Monday that all athletes from Belarus and Russia be barred from international sports competitions in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The National Hockey League announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all Russian business operations, but Continue to allow Russian athletes to compete, as they represent NHL teams, not their country. FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations said on Monday that the Russian national football team would not be allowed to compete. There are four Russians ranked in the ATP top 25, including the first Daniil Medvedev, while there are two Belarusians, including No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka, and two Russians in the WTA top 25. The WTA has updated its website to remove the Belarusian and Russian flags from player biographies, while the ATP has yet to do so.

Tangent

Alexander Rublev, sixth male tennis player, wrote “No war please” on a TV camera after his semi-final victory at the Dubai Championship ATP and WTA event on Friday. Medvedev mentioned On Thursday, he sought to “promote peace,” and the two were among the first prominent Russians to call for peace.

Further reading

Russian tennis players can play while the football team is banned: Here’s how Sports World reacted to the invasion of Ukraine (Forbes)

Putin and Russia quickly became pariahs of the sports world (New York magazine)

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