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Wimbledon Russian Players Ban: Djokovic, Martina Navratilova ATP, WTA criticise Wimbledon organisers for ban on Daniil Medvedev and company

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Wimbledon Russian Players Ban: Djokovic, Martina Navratilova, ATP, WTA criticise Wimbledon-  Wimbledon has barred all Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s championships due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, a decision which was swiftly condemned by the men’s and women’s tours as well as American great Martina Navratilova. Follow Insidesport.IN for more NEWS and LIVE updates.

  • The governing bodies of men’s and women’s professional tennis said the move was “unfair”.
  • Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, a six-time men’s singles champion at Wimbledon, said he did not support the “crazy” decision by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
  • The men’s body, the ATP, said it could “set a damaging precedent for the game”, while the women’s body, the WTA, said it was “very disappointed”.
  • In a statement, the ATP said: “Discrimination based on nationality also constitutes a violation of our agreement with Wimbledon that states that player entry is based solely on ATP rankings”
  • The WTA said it “will be evaluating its next steps and what actions may be taken regarding these decisions”.
  • Martina Navratilova, who won a record nine Wimbledon singles titles, said excluding Russian and Belarusian players was “not the way to go”.

“I think it’s the wrong decision. Tennis is such a democratic sport. It is difficult when you see politics destroy it,” said the Czech-born American.

Wimbledon runs from 27 June to 10 July.

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  • Sabalenka reached the semi-finals of last year’s tournament and is currently No. 4 in World
  • World No. 2 in Men’s category Daniil Medvedev will lose out on a chance to win his 1st
  • Russian world number 15 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 18th-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus will also miss out.
  • Russia’s Andrey Rublev is eighth in the men’s standings, with compatriot Karen Khachanov 26th.
  • They will all still be able to compete at the French Open, which begins in May.

The move is the first time players have been banned on the grounds of nationality since the immediate post-World War Two era when German and Japanese players were excluded.

The grasscourt Grand Slam is the first tennis tournament to ban individual competitors from the two countries, meaning men’s world number two Daniil Medvedev from Russia and women’s fourth-ranked Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus will be banned from the June 27-July 10 tournament.

In a statement on Wednesday, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said it had to play its part in the efforts of government, industry, sporting and creative institutions to “limit Russia’s global influence through the strongest means possible.”

“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,” AELTC chairman Ian Hewitt said in the statement.

The players have also been banned from the UK grass-court tournaments held in the build-up to Wimbledon.

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Wimbledon Russian Players Ban: Djokovic, Martina Navratilova ATP, WTA criticise Wimbledon organisers for ban on Daniil Medvedev and company

The ATP, which governs men’s tennis, said the “unilateral decision” by Wimbledon to exclude players from Russia and Belarus was “unfair” and could potentially set a damaging precedent for the game.

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