Russian tennis star Natela Dzalamidze changes her nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban | Photogallery

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Natela Dzalamidze is going viral on social media after changing her nationality to Georgian so she can compete in the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The Russian doubles player, number 43 in the world, is now officially listed as Georgian on the WTA website. With her change of nationality, she is eligible to compete with her doubles partner Aleksandra Krunic from Serbia. Wimbledon has suspended Russian and Belarusian players this year over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Following the announcement, the ATP and WTA removed all ranking points players would otherwise have earned for their performance at the All England Club. Some of the biggest tennis stars, including world No. 1 for men Daniil Medvedev and world No. 6 for women, Aryna Sabalenka, will reportedly not be competing in SW19. Meanwhile, talking about her decision to change her nationality, Natela was quoted in reports as saying: “My decision was made because I am focusing on my career and would like to have the chance to participate in the Olympics. The first discussion I had with the WTA was at Indian Wells in early March If I made the decision to play for Georgia and stand a chance of playing Wimbledon why not?At the moment I am in my best position and my perspective is much better now in Georgia.” Let’s take a look at the photos of Natela Dzalamidze. (All photos: Natela Dzalamidze/ Instagram)

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Russian tennis star Natela Dzalamidze changes her nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban

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Russian tennis star Natela Dzalamidze changes her nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban

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Russian tennis star Natela Dzalamidze changes her nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban

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Russian tennis star Natela Dzalamidze changes her nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban

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Russian tennis star Natela Dzalamidze changes her nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban

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Russian tennis star Natela Dzalamidze changes her nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban

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Russian tennis star Natela Dzalamidze changes her nationality to Georgian to avoid Wimbledon ban

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