Russian players and Belarusians were barred from the 2022 edition of Wimbledon on Wednesday in response to the invasion of Ukraine, the management of the London tournament announced. This news is a blow for the players, Daniil Medvedev in the lead. The Moscow native is the current second player in the world in the ATP rankings.
The Russians and Belarusians, led by Daniil Medvedev, were excluded from the 2022 edition of Wimbledon on Wednesday in response to the invasion of Ukraine, the management of the London tournament announced.
“In 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,” the All England Lawn Tennis Club said in a statement released Wednesday. “We therefore intend, with deep regret, to reject the registration of Russian and Belarusian players at Wimbledon.”
A situation that can be changed
This decision could be reviewed if “circumstances change radically by June”, adds 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,” added the chairman of the All England Club which hosts the event, Ian Hewitt.
“Once again, they are making athletes hostages of political prejudice, political intrigue (…) This is unacceptable,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, even before the official announcement of the tournament.
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 Football World Cup and the World Swimming Championships.