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US Open confirm players from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to compete

We won't have any of the ranking points debate at the US Open this year... Yay.
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2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Fourteen. A panoramic view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Rafael Nadal of Spain imatch against Danill Medvedev of Russia in the Men's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The US Open have confirmed they will not follow Wimbledon in banned players from Russia and Belarus from competing this year.

Wimbledon made the controversial decision to ban players from those two countries due to the conflict in Ukraine.

It is a decision that has prompted much debate and brought about a lot of consequences attached to the ATP and WTA opting to react by stripping the event of ranking points.

The US Open, though, has opted instead allow all players to compete regardless of their nationality, though players from Russia and Belarus will have to do so under a neutral flag.

"The USTA will allow individual athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete in the 2022 US Open, but only under a neutral flag," the USTA said.

"Based on our own circumstances, the USTA will allow all eligible players, regardless of nationality, to compete at the 2022 US Open.

"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.

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"The directive for players from those countries is to play under a neutral flag when competing outside of international team competitions."

USTA CEO and executive director Lew Sherr later expanded on their decision, saying they have carefully considered all the options.

“Our discussion was really on the merits and really the principles around both sides of this argument," he said. "This was not a commercial versus an ethical question.

“There are arguments on both sides. Are you being perceived as supporting atrocious acts by a government? And at the same time: Would you hold an individual athlete accountable for that?”

“This is a horrific situation and we, along with everyone else in tennis, absolutely condemn what is an unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and everything is framed in that context.

“As difficult as some of these decisions may be, none of it amounts to the difficulties being experienced in Ukraine right now, and the tragedies and atrocities.”

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