U.S. Open Commits to Fund-Raising Exhibition Match and $2 Million for Ukraine

Unlike at Wimbledon, players from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to compete at the U.S. Open. Whether they play in an exhibition to support relief efforts in Ukraine is another question.

For weeks this spring, the leaders of the United States Tennis Association debated whether to allow Russian and Belarusian players to participate in the U.S. Open.

The discussions were intense and emotional, U.S.T.A. executives said. There was serious consideration given to following Wimbledon’s lead and prohibiting Russians and Belarusians, including Daniil Medvedev, the reigning U.S. Open men’s singles champion, who is from Russia, from playing. Ultimately, though, the leaders decided to let them play, in part because they did

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