The All England Lawn Tennis Club, the host of Wimbledon, is set to announce that Russian and Belarusian tennis players will not be allowed to take part in this year’s Wimbledon. The Kremlin has reacted strongly to the decision. News from the BBC.
Wimbledon announced the decision on Wednesday (April 20th) in protest of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Earlier, Wimbledon authorities asked the British government for advice on the participation of Russian and Belarusian tennis players, but the government said it would not allow any Russian-Belarusian tennis player to participate.
Russia and Belarus did not want the tennis players to compete in Wimbledon because of Russia’s attack on Ukraine and its support for the attack. If this announcement is implemented, no tennis player from these two countries will be able to take part in Wimbledon 2022 which will start on 26th June.
The Kremlin, meanwhile, has reacted sharply to Wimbledon’s decision. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the decision to ban players for Russian military campaigns in Ukraine was a politically biased and well-intentioned decision. Which is at the same time very unprofessional and unacceptable behavior.
According to the BBC, Russian tennis player Danil Medvedev, currently ranked second in the men’s rankings, and Belarusian tennis player Ariana Sabalenka, ranked fourth in the women’s rankings, will be the biggest losers in the Wimbledon announcement.
However, the tennis players of the two countries will be able to participate in the French Open to be held next May, even if they cannot participate in Wimbledon.