Tennis – Wimbledon: Russians and Belarusians excluded!

Posted on April 20, 2022 at 4:52 pm – updated on April 20, 2022 at 5:07 pm

Aurélie SACHELLI

As Sportico and the New York Times revealed on Wednesday morning, Wimbledon tournament organizers have decided to effectively deny Russian and Belarusian players access to the Grand Slam (as well as other British summer tournaments). Unless the geopolitical situation changes drastically in June.

So the rumor was founded! As revealed this Wednesday morning Sports i The New York Times, this year there will be no Russian and Belarusian players at Wimbledon, or at other British grass court tournaments! Organizers announced their decision in the afternoon, and it is irrevocable, unless the situation in Ukraine changes drastically in June. Following the non-vaccination against coronavirus that prevented Novak Djokovic (in particular) from playing in the Australian Open, it is therefore another non-sporting event that will deprive players of the most prestigious Grand Slam tournament. of the season. Roland-Garros and the US Open have not (yet?) Made these arrangements. Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, tennis authorities had deprived Russia and Belarus of the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup, and had removed the flag of the affected players. the classification. But Wimbledon has decided to go much further, and Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov, Aslan Karatsev, Ilya Ivashka (to name just the top 100 players) will be deprived of the tournament, as will Aryna Sabalenka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Victoria. Azarenka, Daria Kasatkina, Veronika Kudermetova, Liudmila Samsonova, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Varvara Gracheva, Anna Kalinskaya, Kamilla Rakhimova and Vera Zvonareva for women. What a throne!

Wimbledon Organizers Statement:
“On behalf of the All England Club and the tournament management committee, we would like to express our continued support to all those affected by the conflict in Ukraine during these shocking and difficult times. We share the universal condemnation of the illegal actions of Russia and we have carefully considered the situation in the context of our duties to players, our community and the British public in general as a British sports institution, and we have also taken into account the guidelines set by the UK government specifically in relation to Given the profile of the Wimbledon tournament in the United Kingdom and around the world, it is our responsibility to participate in the widespread efforts of government, industry, sports and creative institutions to limit Russia’s global influence through as powerful as possible. In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to benefit from the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in the tournament. We therefore deeply regret that we intend to reject the registrations of Russian and Belarusian players for the 2022 tournament.

Ian Hewitt, president of the All England Club, commented: “We recognize that this is hard for those affected, and it is with great sadness that the actions of Russian leaders will suffer. of the UK government guidelines, but given the high-profile environment of the tournament, the importance of not allowing sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and our more general concerns for the public and the safety of players (including family), we do not believe it is possible to continue with any other base in the tournament.If circumstances change significantly in June, we will take this into account and react accordingly. We also welcome the LTA’s decision to reject the registration of Russian and Belarusian players in UK events to ensure that UK tennis takes a consistent approach throughout the summer.. »

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