No Australian citizenship for you

Russian tennis player Anastasia RodionovaAnastasia Rodionova has to continue playing for Russia since it looks like her road to Australian citizenship is not going to be as easy as she has thought before. Rodionova, currently ranked 88th in the world, has been living in Melbourne since meeting partner Lorne Padman during the Australian Open three years ago. At this year’s Australian Open in January she was entered as an Australian player. However, a Russian sport site reports that the Australian authorities demand that she reside in the country at least two full years to be eligible for the Australian passport. Thus, ITF has informed her that she has to continue displaying the Russian flag next to her name in the tournaments.

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