Russian players forced to give up Wimbledon?



by   |  VIEW 20104

Russian players forced to give up Wimbledon?

The problems of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the world of tennis may not stop at the exclusion of their respective national teams from the most important team events. The ITF decided to support the IOC mandate, which recommended all sports federations to ban Russian and Belarusian players from international sporting events.

Specifically, Russia and Belarus will not be able to take part in the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup. The new big question mark concerns the ATP 500 tournament of the Queen's and Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the year.

England have used their hard fist against the Russian exponents and the Minister of Sport would like to send a further message in view of the Championships. According to the Express, negotiations have begun between the Minister of Sports Nigel Huddleston and members of the All England Club to exclude Russian players from the prestigious British tournament.

Russian players forced to give up Wimbledon?

Tennis is one of the few sports that still allows Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutral athletes. Still following the rumors launched by the London newspaper, the measure should only target those who will not publicly distance themselves from the Russian invasion.

"We are in constant contact with the top of the sport and we are thinking of a serious and adequate response. No Russian athlete should be allowed to participate in international events." The final decision could therefore hit tennis players of the caliber of Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Aslan Karatsev.

Medvedev, specifically, shared messages of peace through his Instagram account and even removed the Russian flag from his social media profiles. The 26-year-old from Moscow took the field at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 and lost to Gael Monfils in the third round.

The untimely defeat ended his reign after just three weeks. To conquer the top of the ATP ranking for the umpteenth time in his career will be Novak Djokovic. The Serbian will return to the field in Monte Carlo and will be able to defend the title he won last year at Roland Garros.