In a long press release, the organizers of the Wimbledon tournament announced the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the prestigious London event: "On behalf of the All England Club and the Championships Management Committee, we wish to express our continued support to all those affected by the conflict in Ukraine during these shocking and distressing times.
We share the universal condemnation of Russia's illegal actions and have carefully considered the situation in the context of our duties to the players, our community and the wider UK public as a British sporting institution.
In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to take advantage of the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players in the tournament. It is therefore our intention, with deep regret, to refuse the registrations of Russian and Belarusian players for the 2022 tournament."
Andy Murray on the exclusion of Russian tennis players from Wimbledon
A decision that is causing a lot of discussion and that could create a dangerous precedent. Andy Murray, who has won Wimbledon twice, was only the latest player to expose himself to the intricate affair, during an interview with BBC: "I talked to Russian and Ukrainian tennis players.
I am really sorry for the players who will not be allowed to participate and I understand that the decision seems unfair, but I know a lot of people involved in organizing the tournament and I know how difficult it is for them to handle this situation.
This news makes me very sad, I'm sorry for everyone. I'm not taking one side or the other, I'm only sorry for what is happening and I hope it ends soon." Murray had decided to skip the season on clay. not to jeopardize his physical condition, but the wild card granted to him by the Mutua Madrid Open seems to have opened a new scenario.
The Scot has not yet talked about his upcoming matches, but after the Madrid tournament he could seriously think about playing other events on clay-courts. For now the Wimbledon decision remain, we will see in the next week if there will be further developments.