WTA, ATP, All England Club updated with statement: Just over a month ago, the All England Club, which hosts Wimbledon, announced that it would not allow Russian or Belarusian players to take part in this year’s event in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Today, the governing bodies of men’s and women’s tennis have issued separate statements that come to the same conclusion: Tennis will be snatched from its place in space in the Wimbledon world rankings. No organization will give points for success in this year’s All England Club event.
The ATP issued a statement stating, “The ability of players of any nationality to enter the tournament on the basis of merit and without discrimination is fundamental to our tour. Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the UK this summer undermines this policy and the integrity of the ATP ranking system.
The WTA has taken a similar step, maintaining that “individual athletes participating in a particular sport should not be penalized or barred from competing solely because of their nationality or the decisions made by the government of their country.”
The All England Club and the Championship Management Committee then present their arguments centering on protecting the players and avoiding involvement in the campaign.
“We believe that a written declaration from individual players is required – and will apply to all relevant players – as a condition of entry into Wimbledon’s high-profile situation, which will carry significant verification and risk,” the statement said.
“Furthermore, we are reluctant to acknowledge the success or participation in Wimbledon that is being used to the advantage of the Russian regime’s propaganda apparatus, which, through its closely regulated state media, has a recognized history of using sporting success to support a winning narrative.” The Russian people. “
Injured players include US Open men’s champion Daniel Medvedev and high-ranking female player Arena Sabalenka.
Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have criticized the ban, which would affect US Open men’s champion Daniel Medvedev and top Arena Sabalenka.
Wimbledon begins on June 27 and ends on July 10.
Prior to 20 April: In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Belarus’ support for the war, Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarusian players from the Grand Slam tennis tournament, which starts in London on June 27.
Organized by the All England Club, the event refuses to allow players from countries that have been isolated from the rest of the tennis world to compete – the current World No. 2 Daniel Medvedev, who is from Moscow.
Here is the full statement from Wimbledon:
On behalf of the All England Club and the Championship Management Committee, we would like to express our ongoing support for all those affected by the conflict in Ukraine in these tragic and difficult times.
We have carefully considered the situation in terms of our public condemnation of Russia’s illegal activities and our duty to the players as a British sports body, to our community and to the wider public in the UK. We have also taken into account the guidelines set by the UK Government, especially for sports organizations and events.
Given the profile of the championship in the United Kingdom and around the world, it is our responsibility to play our part in the massive efforts of government, industry, sports and creative organizations to limit Russia’s global influence in the strongest possible way.
In the face of such unreasonable and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian government to take any advantage of the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in The Championship.
So our intention is, with deep regret, to deny the entry of Russian and Belarusian players in the 2022 Championship.
Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Club, commented: “We acknowledge that this is difficult for the victims, and that it is sad that they will suffer for the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime.
“We have considered very carefully that alternative measures may be taken under the direction of the UK government. However, due to the high profile environment of the Championship, the importance of not allowing the use of the sport to promote Russian rule We don’t believe it is possible to advance in the championship on any other basis. “
If the situation changes materially between now and June, we will consider and respond accordingly.
We also welcome the LTA’s decision to deny entry to Russian and Belarusian players to UK events so that British tennis can provide a consistent approach throughout the summer.
Since the war began in February, Russian and Belarusian players have been allowed to stay on the ATP and WTA tours, but without their national flags beside their names. Players have been banned from team competitions, including the Davis Cup and the Billy Jean King Cup.
British Sports Secretary Nigel Huddleston said in March that “no one should be allowed or allowed to fly the Russian flag … we need some possible assurances that they are not supporters of Vladimir Putin.” At the time, Huddleston said he was discussing the matter with Wimbledon organizers, according to Reuters.
Although Wimbledon is the first major tennis tournament to ban individual players, it joins other sporting events, such as the Paralympics, that excludes Russia and Belarus from the competition. The Russian football team was also disqualified from qualifying for the Men’s World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Along with Medvedev, the other player to receive a final ban at Wimbledon is world number 8 Andrei Rublev, who was pictured writing “No War Please” on the lens of a television camera after winning a match in Dubai in February.
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On the women’s side, the bans include Russia’s Anastasia Pavluchenkova, Daria Kasatkina and Veronica Kudermetova, as well as Belarus’ Arena Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka, who has since won two Grand Slams.