The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) could reportedly ban Daniil Medvedev and Russian players without facing any legal repercussions. In recent weeks, UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston indicated several times that Medvedev and the rest of Russian players should be required to publicly denounce Russian president Vladimir Putin before they are allowed to compete at Wimbledon.
The ATP and WTA have the power to ban certain players from competing but they need to have a good reason for banning someone from competing. That's not the case with the AELTC as their independent status means they would be able to impose bans without facing any legal actions.
"Private member clubs have more freedom as to who to allow in or not, so they wouldn’t be subject to the same discrimination laws as the [ATP or WTA] tours," a source who worked closely with the AELTC told The Telegraph.
“If you are running the main tennis tour, you have the freedom to ban players – if they have been found guilty of match-fixing or doping, for instance – but you have to be able to show that this course of action is reasonable.
“In this instance, if the tours took strong action, Russians players could argue that they are being prevented from making a living through no fault of their own. That is not so much of an issue for Wimbledon, however”.
Medvedev on the potential Wimbledon ban
In Miami, Medvedev was asked about the comments UK Sports Minister Huddleston made. Medvedev didn't want to comment too much into it, simply stating he "had no responde to Wimbledon." "Look, I try to take it tournament by tournament.
I mean, there are always, you know, different rules, regulations in order to play or not to play. You know, right now I'm here in Miami. I can play and I'm happy to play tennis," Medvedev said in Miami. "Don't have any response to Wimbledon."