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International Tennis Federations suspends Russia and Belarus, cancels events in the countries

Russia and Belarus have been expelled from team events in tennis but individual players, like the men’s world No 1 Daniil Medvedev, will be allowed to play on in tournaments around the world.

The International Tennis Federation board on Tuesday decided the response to Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

The meeting followed the announcement by the IOC’s executive board, which recommended sports federations ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from competing in international events.

The ITF has excluded both countries from international team events, which include the Davis Cup, the Billie Jean King Cup and the ATP Cup, but it has refused to yield to international pressure to ban individual players from competition. They will play under a neutral flag.

These steps came after the world tennis governing body cancelled events due to take place in Russia indefinitely on safety grounds.