US Open makes decision on Russian, Belarusian players participation

The United States Tennis Association has announced Russian and Belarusian players will be allowed to compete at the US Open. 

In early March, the ATP and WTA announced Russian and Belarusian players would be allowed to continue competing but only under a neutral flag. 

In April, Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian and Belarusian players. 

The French Open allowed Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutrals and made it clear that they would not tolerate any type of support for the Russian regim. 

Now, the US Open has confirmed Russian and Belarusian players will be allowed to compete at Flushing Meadows this year. 

Russian, Belarusian players to play the US Open

“The USTA will allow individual athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete in the 2022 US Open, but only under a neutral flag. Alongside the other Grand Slams, the ITF, the ATP and the WTA, the USTA, which owns and operates the US Open, has previously condemned, and continues to condemn, the unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The USTA, standing with these other tennis entities, supported the banning of the Russian and Belarusian Tennis Federations from the ITF, and therefore all international team competitions, and the directive for players from those countries to play under a neutral flag when competing outside of international team competitions,” the USTA said in a statement. “We recognize that each organization has had to deal with unique circumstances that affect their decisions. Based on our own circumstances, the USTA will allow all eligible players, regardless of nationality, to compete at the 2022 US Open.”

The defending US Open champion in the men’s game is Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev. 

Last year, Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in the US Open final to lift his maiden Grand Slam title. 

It remains to be seen if Medvedev can defend his US Open title in two months.