The tennis players of Russia and Belarus will not be permitted to play at this year’s (2022) Wimbledon because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The organizers of the Grand Slam All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) stated in a statement released on Wednesday.
This month this month, the AELTC stated that it was in discussions in talks with the British government over the possibility of having athletes who hail from Russia and Belarus at the grass court Grand Slam.
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This year Wimbledon will going to take place from Mon, 27 Jun, 2022 – Sun, 10 Jul, 2022.
The Wimbledon will be played in All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club stadium.
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“We recognise that this is hard on the individuals affected, and it is with sadness that they will suffer for the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime,” Ian Hewitt, chairman of the AELTC said in a statement.
Hewitt said the AELTC had “carefully considered” alternative measures that might be taken within the UK Government guidance.
“But given the high profile environment of The Championships the importance of not allowing sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and our broader concerns for public and player (including family) safety, we do not believe it is viable to proceed on any other basis,” he said.
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It’s a shocking news for world ranking 2, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, ranked eighth, from competing in the men’s draw. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is 15th in the women’s rankings. All are bann for this Wimbledon 2022.
Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev told “I think this decision is wrong but there is nothing we can change,” Tarpischev said. “The (Russian) Tennis Federation has already done everything it could.
“I don’t want to talk about this, but I will say that this decision goes against the athletes… We are working on the situation, that’s all I can say.”