In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about the talks initiated by the Minister of Sports Nigel Huddleston with members of the All England Club to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from the Wimbledon tournament.
Now the official has arrived directly from the organizers of the Championships, who have confirmed the indiscretion launched by the New York Times. "Given the profile in the UK and around the world, it is our responsibility to play our part in the widespread efforts of government, industry, sporting and creative institutions to limit Russia's global influence by the strongest means possible," we can read in the official press release.
"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 entries from Russian and Belarusian players to the 2022 tournament."
No Wimbledon for Russian tennis players: the words of Carreno Busta
After defeating Bernabe Zapata Miralles in two sets in the second round of the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona, Pablo Carreno Busta talked about the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from Wimbledon.
He said: "I hope that Russian tennis players can play and that the war ends once and for all. I spoke to some Russian tennis players, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov, and they said they are against the war and that they have nothing to do with what is happening.
It is a very complicated situation and people not involved in the conflict are also suffering. I don't know if this is the best decision to make." Carreno Busta analyzed the match against Lorenzo Sonego: "It was my first game; he, on the other hand, had already played.
As the minutes went by, I felt the right sensations and managed to win. Sonego? He is a very fast player, close to the top 20. He has improved a lot in recent years and plays very well on clay. He has a great serve and a very powerful forehand.
I will have to be very reliable and raise the level if I want to win the match. It's a very competitive tournament, there are still great players."