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Russian-born tennis player avoids Wimbledon ban by changing nationality

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Natela Dzalamidze, a Russian-born tennis player, will be able to compete at Wimbledon after all. 

The 29-year-old women’s doubles player will be representing Georgia at the All England Club tournament starting next week after previously competing under the natural flag at the French Open last month, according to the WTA website. 

Natela Dzalamidze in action during the game between Natela Dzalamidze – Kaja Juvan and Aleksandra Krunic – Pattinama Kerkhove in Transylvania Open Doubles Semifinals, in BT Arena Cluj-Napoca, Oct., 30 2021. 
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“Player nationality, defined as the flag they play under at professional events, is an agreed process that is governed by the Tours and the ITF…

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