Wimbledon will only receive Russian tennis players who oppose Putin

Wimbledon A danger to many Russian and Belarusian tennis players in the ATP and WTA circuit, among them, Daniel Medvedev, Andrei Rublev or Victoria Azarenka. Although the world’s top tennis governing bodies allow them to continue competing under a neutral flag, it is very likely that they will be asked to publicly separate themselves from Russian President Vladimir Putin. There have been many tennis players who have shown an attitude in favor of peace, but at this moment All England Tennis Club The British government is at the table to demand a much clearer position on its opposition to the current Russian leader.

“This is a very important issue because many countries do not allow representatives of Russia to compete. But this is more complicated in individual sports.” Nigel Huddleston, British Minister for Culture and Sports. Surely no one under the Russian flag will be able to compete. Lots of guys have multiple nationalities and I’m sure they’d be willing to compete with each other or under a neutral flag, but we have to move on. We need to make sure they don’t support Putin and we’re looking at certain requirements.”

If the procedure is successful, many will be affected. Among the top 30 in the ring, there are many Russian tennis players who might miss their big Wimbledon date if they didn’t openly oppose Vladimir Putin. Daniel Medvedev, which recently ranked first in the ATP rating. But Muscovites can be followed by other compatriots like Andrey Rublev (7), Aslan Karatsev (22) and Karen Khachanov (26).

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Also on the women’s circuit there are many Russian or Belarusian tennis players who are among the best rackets and can be influenced by this rule: Arina SabalenkaAnd the third in the world and Victoria Lazarenko (15), both are Belarusian; and the Russians Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (14) and Veronika Kodermetova (24).

under a neutral flag

at this time , ATP and the Women’s Tennis Association They allow Russian and Belarusian tennis players to continue to participate in various tournaments on the ring, but they do this under a neutral flag. Both bodies have removed any reference to the flags of Russia or Belarus.

The scale originated from Elina Svitolina Ad, The Ukrainian tennis player and ranked 15th in the world, who protested the lack of a firm stance on the part of the WTA and the WTA as other sports organizations did against the conflict in Ukraine. “I would like to announce that tomorrow I will not play in Monterrey and will not play a single match against Russian and Belarusian tennis players,” he said when he faced Russian tennis player Anastasia Potapova in the Mexican championship.

Both the WTA and the ATP announced that Russian tennis players could continue to play but under a neutral flag. In addition, both organizations, as well as the Grand Slams on the track, launched a campaign to help Ukraine. The funds support Global Giving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which will help immediately in the region, as well as the Ukrainian Tennis Federation.

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