Daniel Medvedev He called Wimbledon’s ban on Russians and Belarusians “unfair” and suggested it could set a dangerous precedent.
Wimbledon announced last month a ban on Russians and Belarusians, to denounce Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. AELTC officials said they did not want to provide Russian President Vladimir Putin with a potential platform for propaganda at the Grand Slam grass field.
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Among the stars who were banned from participating in the Russian championship are the second seed Medvedev, along with his compatriots Andrei Rublev, Aslan Karatsev, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Belarusian Arina Sabalenka.
On the one hand, I can understand it, and on the other hand, I find it unfair. This is a sensitive situation because it sets a precedent and puts other sports competitions in an uncomfortable position.” Medvedev told Tribune de Geneve in an interview.
The US Open champion called for a double standard in British politics for self-employed Russians, but said he would accept Wimbledon’s ruling.
Medveyev said in From the comments posted by Tribune de Genève. “Currently in the UK, Russian self-employed workers have the right to work.
“So if I had the opportunity to play Wimbledon, I would be happy. If not, I would accept it.”
The tournaments were announced on April 20. Given Russia’s “illegal actions,” it would “be unacceptable for the Russian system to take advantage of the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in tournaments.”
“We participate in the global condemnation of Russia’s illegal actions and have carefully considered the situation in the context of our duties to the players, our community and the wider UK public as a British sporting institution,” Wimbledon said in a statement posted on its website. “We have also taken into account the guidance that the UK government has put in place specifically with regard to sporting bodies and events.
“Given the importance of tournaments in the UK and around the world, it is our responsibility to play our part in the wide-ranging efforts of government, industry, sports and creative institutions to reduce Russia’s global influence through the strongest possible means.
“In the conditions of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian system to derive any benefits from the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in tournaments. Therefore, we intend, with great regret, to refuse participation from players of Russia and Belarus in the 2022 tournament.”
Both the ATP and WTA have publicly opposed the Wimbledon ban and are discussing either stripping Wimbledon of ranking points or potentially offering players the option of choosing their best result from Wimbledon 2021 or 2022.
If the latter plan is approved, it means Medvedev could retain the ranking points from his round of 16 at Wimbledon last summer.
The Australian Open finalist, who underwent hernia surgery at the start of April, said he was not part of the ATP players’ council and was not aware of potential measures the tour would take.
“I was away from the ring and not part of the players’ council. So I am not aware of it,” Medvedev said. “I listen and have the principle of respecting all opinions.
“You know, out of 100 people, 95 see a yellow tennis ball and 5 percent see a green. We can’t all agree.”
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