WIMBLEDON BANS RUSSIAN, BELARUSIAN PLAYERS OVER WAR IN UKRAINE
Apr 20, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Tennis players from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to play at Wimbledon this year.
The decision announced by the All England Club means the men’s reigning U.S. Open champ Daniil Medvedev, who was briefly ranked No. 1 in the world, and is currently No. 2, cannot play in the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.
Neiher can No. 8 Andrey Rublev.
Women’s players affected include No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka, who was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year; Victoria Azarenka, a former No. 1 who’s won the Australian Open twice; and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the French Open runner-up last year.
”It is our responsibility to play our part in the widespread efforts … to limit Russia’s global influence through the strongest means possible,” the All England Club said in a statement.
”In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players with The Championships.”
Russian athletes have been prohibited from competing in many sports following the invasion while Belarus has aided Moscow in the war.