British sports minister Nigel Huddleston indicated that world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev should only be allowed to compete at Wimbledon if he publicly denounces Russian president Vladimir Putin and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Medvedev and the rest of Russian players have been allowed to continue competing in international events but they are not competing under the name or flag of Russia. Medvedev has spoken out against the war and called for peace in the world.
"We are talking to various sports about this and what the response should be there," Huddleston was quoted as saying by iNews. "Absolutely, nobody flying the flag for Russia should be allowed or enabled."
Just calling for peace may not be enough for Medvedev to play Wimbledon
"But I think it needs to go beyond that, I think we need to have some assurance that they are not supporters of Vladimir Putin and we are considering what requirements we may need to get assurances along those lines," Huddleston said.
Huddleston made it clear that in no way he would want to see a Russian player flying the flag of Russia at The All England Club. "In short, would I be comfortable with a Russian athlete flying the flag of Russia? No," Huddleston added.
Huddleston suggested that allowing someone who supports Putin to compete at Wimbledon would be sending the wrong message and cause potential problems. "We are looking at this issue of what we do with individuals and we are thinking about the implications of it, because I don’t think people would accept individuals very clearly flying the Russian flag," Huddleston said.
"In particular if there is any support for Putin and his regime." At the Indian Wells Masters, Medvedev was asked about the war. Medvedev didn't say much as he reiterated his message from Acapulco. "My message is always the same: I want peace all over the world," Medvedev said.