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Belarus’s female number four tennis star Arnaya Sabalenka will miss this year’s Wimbledon. (file)
Tennis players from Russia and Belarus will not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year. The organizers of the Wimbledon tournament have banned both these countries. Therefore, this year the players of these two countries will not be seen in this important tournament. The organizers of Wimbledon have taken this decision in protest against Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Belarus has been banned because it is supporting Russia in the war. This year Wimbledon will be played from June 27 to July 10.
Two special players will not be seen
World number one Daniil Medvedev of Russia and female number four tennis star Arnaya Sabalenka of Belarus will not be able to attend Wimbledon this year. The All England Lawn Tennis Club said in a statement: “We consider Russia’s military action in Ukraine to be an incursion and attack.” Therefore players from these countries will not be allowed to participate in Wimbledon. We regret that this step has to be taken. To register a protest, players from Russia and Belarus must be kept away from this tournament.
Daniil Medvedev will not be able to take part in Wimbledon. He will definitely be seen in the French Open.
we with the world
All England Lawn Tennis Club said- We have taken this decision after a long discussion between the committee and the management. In this difficult time, we want to stand with the people of Ukraine. The world is opposing this illegal move of Russia. The people of Britain and sports institutions also want to register a protest against Russia with the world. We have also consulted the UK government in this regard.
Players also opposed the attack
Russia’s world number 15 Anastasia and world number 18 Victoria Ezrenka told the Russian government a few days ago that attacks on Ukraine should stop immediately. Apart from these two, many other players had appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to resolve the issue through talks, as the war would increase the difficulties of both the countries.
This ban will not only affect the players. Coaches, umpires and physiotherapists will also come under its purview. This ban will also apply to grass court tournaments. However, the ban is not for the French Open, which begins in May. Here the problem is of another kind. Actually, players of both the countries will be able to participate individually. They have not been allowed to put up the flag of the country.