Wimbledon Announces Ban Of Russian & Belarusian Players From Grand Slam

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Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the tennis season, will reportedly be barring Russian and Belarusian players from competing at the prestigious tournament amid the country’s ongoing conflict with Ukraine, according to Sportico.

“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 with The Championships,” a statement read.

“It is therefore our intention, with deep regret, to decline entries from Russian and Belarusian players to The Championships 2022.”

The Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup have previously banned Russia and ally Belarus from team competitions.

Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA tours, along with the International Tennis Federation, have banned Russian and Belurisian athletes from displaying their country’s flags.

As for implications on the court, the ban would ban world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and No. 8 Andrey Rublev from competing on the men’s side, while No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, world No. 15 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus would be barred on the women’s side.

Rublev famously wrote “no war please” on the camera in his first match after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Wimbledon is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 27, and will run through Sunday, July 10.

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