World No. 32 Alexander Bublik didn't want to support or criticize the Wimbledon decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing but added he feels sports shouldn't be mixed with politics. “I don't want to judge whether it's right or wrong, but I'll be happy to tell you what I think about it," Bublik told Eurosport.
“It is a decision of the government and the organisers. You have the right to do so. “For me, sport is also a distraction from normal life, if you will - and no sport should be mixed up too much with politics. "It's all about getting comfortable with a beer in front of the TV and following your favourite player or team.
It's a great pity for the fans that this is now limited.
Bublik on if players discuss the Wimbledon decision
When asked what's the vibe among players, Bublik insisted players aren't discussing the Wimbledon decision.
"You seem to be sure that we are talking," he said. "I'm telling you: I'm not talking to anybody. I had only a few proper conversations, tennis is an individual sport. We are not exchanging ideas now about the decision that Wimbledon has taken."
Bublik was in born in Russia but he has been representing Kazakhstan since 2017. Bublik insists he doesn't have a Russian citizenship anymore and adds he is proud to represent Kazakhstan. "I no longer have a Russian passport, because two citizenships are not allowed," Bublik noted.
"I have no connection with the tennis federation in Russia. I am a Kazakh and have been playing for the country for almost six years. "I am proud to represent Kazakhstan. In the Davis Cup, at the Asian Games or at the Olympic Games."
Bublik ,24, is set to make his fourth Wimbledon appearance this year. Last year, Bublik made his best Wimbledon result when he reached the third round.