Following the attack of Russia on Ukraine, Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 tournament. The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which operates Wimbledon revealed that they were working to “limit Russia’s global influence through the strongest means possible”.
Through this ban, the players affected are Daniil Medvedev, Russian men’s world number two and Aryna Sabalenka, Belarusian female world number four.
An AELTC statement stated on Wednesday, “In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players.
“It is therefore our intention, with deep regret, to decline entries from Russian and Belarusian players to Wimbledon.”
Andrey Rublev from Russia has acquired the eighth spot in the ATP rankings.
World number 15 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia and Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka are among the top female players who will miss the grass-court Grand Slam.
The Lawn Tennis Association has also imposed a ban on players from Russia and Belarusian from participating in British grass-court tournaments.
The Russian and Belarusian players haven’t been banned from the French Open, which commences in May.
The most prestigious tournament of Wimbledon will be conducted from June 27 to July 10 later this year.