"On behalf of the All England Club and the Championships Management Committee, we would like to express our continued support for all those affected by the conflict in Ukraine at this shocking and distressing time. 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 British public as a British sporting institution.
In the circumstances of such an unprecedented and unjustified military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to take advantage of the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in the tournament.
Therefore, we intend, with deep regret, to refuse the registrations of Russian and Belarusian players for the 2022 tournament." In a lengthy statement, the Wimbledon tournament organization announced the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players from the prestigious London event.
A decision that is causing much debate and that could set a dangerous precedent. Two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray is the latest player to speak out on the matter. During the interview, Jose Higueras brought up another incident involving Roger Federer to showcase the Swiss' willingness to experiment.
Higueras pays tribute to King Roger
Legendary tennis coach Jose Higueras has lavished praise on his former pupil Roger Federer, saying the Swiss cannot be compared to any other player on tour. "It's tough to compare Roger [Federer] with anybody.
He is so unique in everything - how he goes about his game, off the court," Higueras said. "He likes to feel the ball on his racquet strings, he likes to experiment. If you tell him something, he will digest it, he will think about it and [he is one of] those guys who are always so thirsty to learn."
Higueras recounted one particular incident to highlight the Swiss' uniqueness. The 68-year-old recalled that after losing the 2008 Roland Garros final 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 to Rafael Nadal, Federer hosted a get-together for his friends a few hours later.
"With Roger, there is always something funny happening. When he got defeated by Rafael Nadal in the  French Open, he won only four games. After that, we had a get-together with a bunch of his friends from Switzerland, like forty people.
I was so depressed but [he had a celebration after that huge loss]," Higueras said. "My point is, he is just so unique." Federer reaped the rewards almost immediately, winning the French Open the very next year.