Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev thinks the ATP decision "makes sense," unlike Wimbledon's "illogical" decision. Last month, Wimbledon announced bans on Russian and Belarusian players. The Wimbledon organizers defended themselves by insisting it was the best thing to do in their situation.
Also, the Wimbledon organizers said they didn't want to risk putting Russian players and their families in danger by making them sign anti-Vladimir Putin forms before Wimbledon. The ATP promised a reaction and last Friday delivered one - Wimbledon was stripped of ranking points in 2022.
The ATP explained their decision by stating that they are against any kind of discrimination and that it was important for them to show that discrimination won't be tolerated. “When I read the FAQ, on why the ATP took their decision, I founded what they say very logical," Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors.
Medvedev: The ATP explanation was more logical to me
"This is what I didn’t find in Wimbledon’s explanations. I’m not saying one’s decision is right, but at least, so far, when they explain it, I found the ATP more logical," Medvedev said.
The Wimbledon decision means Medvedev won't be allowed to compete at The Championships this year. Even though Medvedev won't be allowed to compete at Wimbledon or any other grass-court event in Great Britain, he still plans to play three grass tournaments outside the UK.
“I’d be really happy to play Wimbledon. I love playing on grass, I will play on grass after Roland-Garros. If I cannot, I will prepare for the next tournaments and follow what happens," Medvedev noted. Meanwhile, Medvedev is now focused on making a deep French Open run.
Medvedev, 2021 French Open quarterfinalist, saw off Facundo Bagnis 6-2 6-2 6-2 in his Roland Garros opener on Tuesday. "I play better on hard courts, I understand the game batter. But here in Roland-Garros, even when I lost here, I found the clay a little faster, with a lower rebound.
I managed to do well last year. I can make some good things," Medvedev said.
Medvedev : "I play better on hard courts, I understand the game batter. But here in Roland-Garros, even when I lost here, I found the clay a little faster, with a lower rebound.