Sports · June 23, 2022

The US Open will allow Russian and Belarusian tennis players to compete.

The US Open will not follow Wimbledon by excluding Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tennis tournament.

The United States Tennis Association, which owns and operates the US Open, announced the decision Tuesday after a recent board meeting. The move leaves Wimbledon as the only Grand Slam tournament to rule out Russians and Belarusians in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

“This horrific atrocity has absolutely weighed on all of us,” said Lew Sherr, the Association’s new CEO, referring to the war in Ukraine. “But I think at the end of the day we chose not to hold individual athletes accountable for the decisions of their respective governments.”

The Russian and Belarusian players will compete at the US Open, which begins on August 29, under a neutral flag, just as they competed on tour and at the recently concluded French Open.