/ 21 April 2022

Wimbledon bans players over Ukraine war

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Tennis players from Russia and Belarus won’t be allowed to play at Wimbledon in England this year because of the war in Ukraine. That means Russian men’s world #2 Daniil Medvedev and #8 Andrey Rublev won’t take the court, as well as Belarusian women’s world #4 Aryna Sabalenka, 2-time Oz Open champion Victoria Azarenka, and 2021 French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. In its statement, the All England Club said the decision comes “with deep regret”, but “it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players with The Championships.” It’s the first time players have been banned from the tournament since WWII, and 9-time Wimbledon champ Martina Navratilova says players are in a difficult spot because if they denounce their countries in order to play, it could put their families at risk. The tournament starts in late June, and Russian officials have criticised the decision.

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