Russian, Belarusian tennis players to be allowed to compete at US Open

The United States Tennis Association says it will allow individual athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete at the 2022 US Open, but only under a neutral flag.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the USTA said the association "has previously condemned, and continues to condemn, the unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia."

But the USTA said it will allow all eligible players, regardless of nationality, to compete in the tournament scheduled to take place in New York from August 29 through September 11.

Players from Russia and Belarus were allowed to play at the French Open held in May through early June.

But they were banned from Wimbledon, which will start later this month. The ban prompted the governing bodies of the men's ATP and women's WTA professional tours to remove their ranking points for this year's Wimbledon from players' record.