Russian and Belarusian players can compete in the US Open but under neutral flags.AFP
The US Tennis Association announced on Tuesday that players from Russia and Belarus would be allowed to participate in the 2022 US Open, but only under a neutral flag. The move comes after the Grand Slams, the International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA Tours condemned the Russian attack on Belarus-backed Ukraine. The USTA supported the ban on Russia and Belarus in international team competitions and instructed players from those countries to compete in other competitions under a neutral flag.
“USTA will allow all eligible athletes, regardless of nationality, to participate in the 2022 US Open,” the organization said in a statement.
“The USTA will work with players and both tours to use the US Open as a platform to advance the humanitarian efforts of the ‘Tennis Places for Peace’ program.”
The USTA also said it would introduce measures to support Ukraine’s ongoing humanitarian efforts.
“Unfortunately, the need for help is only growing,” said USTA President Mike McIntyre.
“USTA will soon respond with a broad set of measures, including critical financial assistance and other programs to further the humanitarian and further assistance to the people of Ukraine.”
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