WTA CEO 'disagrees' that Daniil Medvedev should be banned for political reasons

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WTA CEO 'disagrees' that Daniil Medvedev should be banned for political reasons

WTA CEO Steve Simon thinks Daniil Medvedev and the rest of Russian players should not be punished for something they have no control over. Russia and Belarus have banned from competing in team events but Russian and Belarusian palyers have been allowed to continue competing in international events.

However, they do not compete under the name or flag of Russia and Belarus. Some think the governing bodies of tennis need to take a stronger stance and ban Russian players from competing in all events. "You never know what the future may bring," Simon told BBC Sport.

"But I can tell you that we have never banned athletes from participating on our tour as the result of political positions their leadership may take. "So it would take something very, very significant for that to change, but again we don't know where this is going."

WTA CEO Simon hopes it will stay as it is now

Simon admitted the WTA and the governing bodies of tennis will find themselves in a difficult spot in national governments start to prevent Russian players from entering their country.

"It will force us to change our position, because obviously we have to follow the rules of government," Simon continued. "I feel very, very strongly that again these individual athletes should not be the ones that are being penalised by the decisions of an authoritarian leadership that is obviously doing terrible, reprehensible things.

"But if that happens, which is again part of the overall strategy of making Russia, and Russian citizens, pay the consequence for the decision their government has made, then it won't be something that we support. "We are hopeful that they will refrain from that because I think there are an awful lot of other issues that go with it.

"I don't think you can just pick on the athletes. What are you going to do with the [Russian] refugees that come in? Are you going to treat the refugees differently than the athletes? "I'm hoping that we continue with the sanctions, we continue doing everything we can to get peace, but again these people are the innocent victims of that, and being isolated as a result of these decisions I don't think it's fair."