Tennis

Russian Tennis Star Identifies as Georgian to Bypass Wimbledon Ban

Russian doubles tennis player Natela Dzalamidze found a simple solution to widespread bans against Russian players in international sports after the invasion of Ukraine: she changed her nationality to Georgian and will therefore be allowed to play at Wimbledon with her Serbian doubles partner, Aleksandra Krunic.

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, 30 October 2021. (Photo by Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Women’s Tennis Stays Out of China Through 2022 over Peng Shuai Case

Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon said on Sunday that tournaments will remain suspended in China until 2023. The WTA canceled all tournaments in China in December 2021 to protest China’s treatment of women’s tennis champion Peng Shuai after she accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.

Shuai Peng of China reacts during her Ladies' Singles first round match against Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Australia Forces Tennis Champion Novak Djokovic into Dingy Refugee Facility

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic sparked a major controversy in Australia when he tried to enter the country to play in the upcoming Australian Open using a medical exemption for coronavirus vaccination. His request was initially granted, but his visa was revoked when he arrived at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning a point against Italy's Matteo Berrettini during the men's singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)