Vice President of the Ukrainian Tennis Federation Evgeniy Zukin expressed his opinion on the Wimbledon ban on Russian and Belarusian tennis players. He explained to the Guardian: "Wimbledon? They made the right decision and I am surprised that the ATP, the WTA and most of the tennis community do not understand it.
”Anyone who does not punish Russian and Belarusian athletes plays on the side of the monster (referring to Russian President Vladimr Putin, ed). It is normal for economic sanctions to be applied to the country that has waged a war, even if not all of the Russian population agrees with what is happening.
If the ATP and the WTA share the values of the liberal world, they must do something to stop the monster. Tennis keeps repeating that Russian tennis players are not responsible, but by making them play they still promote Russia.
If a Russian tennis player wins Wimbledon, he will be used as a demonstration of dominance. Politics and sports in Russia are mixed. Putin met the stars of Russian sport and told them: You are at the forefront of the struggle and defense of our values.
So we can't close our eyes and ignore it. I love watching Medvedev and Andrey Rublev play. But when I think of the suffering of the Ukrainian people, I feel it is wrong to allow the Russians to play and promote their system."
Seva Kevlych's words on the issue
The Ukrainian Tennis Federation has welcomed the decision taken by the organizers of the Wimbledon tournament, who banned Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the prestigious London Grand Slam.
Immediately after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Seva Kevlych, a member of the Ukrainian tennis movement, had expressed his will in a clear way. "I know that Russia has few ties to Daniil Medvedev, but as a Russian citizen he plays for his country.
He should not participate in international events organized by the ITF. If he cannot participate in Grand Slam tournaments, he cannot be number one. He shouldn't play Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open. I don't care that Russia holds both the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup. It would be shameful if they were to start their respective tournaments. "