Moscow-born tennis player Natella found a different way to get herself involved in the championship by changing her nationality from Russia to Georgia. 29-year-old Natella is on the Wimbledon list as a Georgian. He participated in the French Open in May under a neutral flag. At Wimbledon, she will compete with Serbia’s Alexandra Krunic in the women’s doubles event.
Russian player is banned
Russian players have been banned from participating in this Grand Slam to be held on the grass-court. Due to which Russia’s world number one men’s players Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, along with top women’s players Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka and Daria Kasatkina, will not be able to play in it. The All England Club said it had no involvement in changing the nationalities of the players.
BBC Sports quoted the All England Club as saying: ‘A player’s nationality is defined as the flag they play in professional events, an agreed process, governed by the Tourism and International Tennis Federation (ITF) .’ At the French Open, Natella Gelamidze had lost in the first round of women’s doubles and mixed doubles.