Wimbledon organizers have decided to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the prestigious London Slam. The tough choice made by the Championships has sparked various reactions within the tennis world. Andrey Rublev, one of the stakeholders, expressed his point of view and admitted that he does not follow politics very much.
"I made a statement about the situation and then I didn't want to answer any more questions, so now I'll make another statement and I hope it can make it clearer. First of all, I'm not a political expert. I don't know anything, I don't read the news and I don't follow in general, because I work hard to be a tennis player and that's my job.
Some players and I had a call with Wimbledon yesterday, just to talk about the situation and try to find a solution. To be honest, the reasons that led to the exclusion make no sense and there is no logic in what they proposed.
I could have figured out if excluding Russian and Belarusian players had any impact, but it won't help and it won't change anything. What they are doing is discrimination against us."
Lesia Tsurenko criticizes Andrey Rublev
Rublev's statements, in turn, found the speech of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Lesia Tsutenko.
Both replied to the Russian's words through their Twitter account. She wrote: "That man (referring to Rublev, ed) is not interested in what is happening in his country. For nothing. And he is not even interested in what is happening in the neighboring country.
Impressive. What a gulf exists between our states and people, I haven't noticed for so long! I'm so sorry. I was blind." Tsurenko then shared Dolgopolov's previous post, who had harshly attacked Rublev himself. "Rublev's statements are the perfect example of the British federation's decision being the right one. He's just lying, in line with what his president does and his propaganda every day"