World No. 1 Danil Medvedev says he has accepted the ATP's ruling to compete under a neutral banner but added he hopes it will be just temporary. The ATP, WTA, and ITF released a joint statement, in which they all condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Russia and Belarus have been banned from team events but their players are allowed to continue to compete in international events. However, they will not compete under the name or flag of Russia or Belarus. Medvedev told RIA Novosti that “our task is to develop tennis in the countries where each of us comes from and all over the world.
“For that, you have to play tennis every week at every tournament. At the moment, the only way to continue is to play without a flag, and I will follow this rule. “But I hope that this measure will be temporary.
I am waiting for the moment when we will be able to carry the flag again next to our names, of the Russian athletes”.
Medvedev shared a powerful message
Medvedev recalled being a kid who had big dreams and used that as an example of why we need peace in the world.
Medvedev doesn't want the war or anything else steal the dreams of any kid in the world. “They all have their dreams, their life is just starting, so many nice experiences to come: first friends, first great emotions.
Everything they feel and see if for the first time in their lives. That's why I want to ask for peace in the world world, for peace between countries. Kids are born with inner trust in the world, they believe so much in everything: in people, in love, in safety and justice, in their chances in life," Medvedev said in a message posted on his social medial.
"Let's be together and show them that it's true, cause every kid shouldn't stop dreaming." Meanwhile, Medvedev is set to compete at the Indian Wells Masters.