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Russian and Belarus players banned from Wimbledon

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Daniil Medvedev, world No. 2, Andrey Rublev (8th), Aryna Sabalenka (4th and semi-finalist last year), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (15th) and Viktoria Azarenka (ex-No. 1 today 18th) will therefore not be able to defend their chances in London.

Under the circumstances of unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefit from the participation of Russian or Belarusian players.explains the tournament in a press release.

This decision could be reviewed if the circumstances change drastically by Juneadds the text.

We recognize that this decision is hard on those individually affected, and it is with sadness that they will suffer from the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime.adds the president of the All England Club which hosts the event, Ian Hewitt.

Once again, they are holding athletes hostage to political prejudices, political intrigues […] This is unacceptableKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had said, even before the official announcement of the tournament.

We believe that the decision taken unilaterally today (Wednesday) by Wimbledon […] to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from grass court tournaments this season is unfair and may set a damaging precedent for tennissays the ATP in a press release. Discrimination based on nationality is also a breach of our agreements with Wimbledon under which a player’s participation is based solely on their ranking. We will now analyze […] follow-up to this decisionadds the text.

The WTA has also declared itself very disapointed of the announcement made by Wimbledon that it considers neither fair nor justified.

One of the fundamental principles of the WTA is that athletes can participate in professional tennis events according to their merit and without any form of discrimination. and that they must not be penalized or prevented from competing because of their origin or the decisions taken by the governments of their countriesexplained the representative body of the women’s circuit, adding that it too was going evaluate the actions she can take following this decision.

Following the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Russian and Belarusian athletes have been banned from numerous athletics and figure skating competitions, as well as from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, the Soccer World Cup, the World Swimming Championships…

In tennis, tournaments in Russia and Belarus have been canceled, while the two nations have been excluded from team competitions (Davis Cup and Billie-Jean-King Cup), both won by Russia last year.

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Individually and under a neutral banner, players from these two countries are currently authorized to play in ATP and WTA tournaments.

However, the four Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and United States Open) are independent of the two circuits.

To date, the French Federation (FFT), which organizes Roland-Garros (from May 22 to June 5), and the American one (USTA), which organizes the United States Open (from August 29 to September 11), did not plan to exclude Russian and Belarusian players.

Tennis Canada surprised by decision

The director of the National Bank Open, Eugène Lapierre, was surprised by the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the Wimbledon tournament.

Tennis Canada’s position is identical to that of the ATP and WTA. The federation favors that players from these two countries can participate in tournaments without being associated with a flag. This is the compromise adopted since the beginning of the invasion in Ukraine.

Rather, we want sport to be unifying, explained Eugène Lapierre in an interview with TurnedNews.com Sports. Individual players are not responsible for the war and, on the contrary, have spoken out for peace and against war.

no war please on a television camera during a competition in Dubai just after the invasion.

I want peace all over the worldwas content to say Medvedev, in rehabilitation after an operation.

Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, former world No. 1 and crowned twice at the Australian Open, was more explicit. It is heartbreaking to see how many innocent people have been and continue to be affected by this violence.the 32-year-old said in March.

I have always seen Ukrainians and Belarusians as friendly and supportive people. It’s hard to witness the violent separation that’s taking place right nowAzarenka pointed out.

These declarations are deemed insufficient by Ukrainian players, including Elina Svitolina (ex-no. 5), who are asking the ATP and the WTA to exclude Russians and Belarusians if they do not correctly answer three questions set in a communicated : Do you support the invasion […]do you support military activities […]do you support the regimes of Putin and Lukashenko?

Depending on the responses, we demand the exclusion and banishment of Russian and Belarusian athletes from all international competition, as Wimbledon didcontinues this text published on social networks on Wednesday.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which oversees the main preparation tournaments for Wimbledon, has decided to align itself with the measure taken by the major tournament and not to welcome any Russians or Belarusians to Queen’s or Eastbourne, in particular.

A decision hailed by Wimbledon for its consistency.

We believe that, from the point of view of the public and the practical implementation, there needs to be an alignment [entre l’All England Club et la LTA, NDLR], to make it really clear and understood. It is of paramount importanceconcluded Scott Lloyd, general manager of the LTA.

With information from Josie-Anne Taillon

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