If this idea comes into practice, then the second world tennis player – Daniil Medvedev – or the two-time Australian Open champion – Victoria Azarenka – will not be able to participate in the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Unless they explicitly affirm that they do not support Vladimir Putin and his regime.
Tennis players from Russia and Belarus may not play at Wimbledon
Representatives of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet club, which includes Wimbledon, and Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, have threatened to prevent Russian and Belarusian tennis players from invading Ukraine. But there is no final decision yet. As the deadline for submitting starting lists is fast approaching (May), organizers will soon have to decide whether to allow tennis players from Russia and Belarus to play at Wimbledon.
Bilic attacks Wimbledon organizers
Nikola Bilic, former coach of Novak Djokovic, made a comment on the possible penalties for tennis players from both countries. In his opinion, such a step is not necessary at the moment. – That would be a disgrace. Did the organizers do something similar when the United States entered Iraq and killed more than a million civilians there? Have they banned tennis players from this country from playing? He said they are greatly exaggerating.
“There is a widespread phenomenon of Russiasophobia in Britain,” Bilic, who reached the final of the French Open in 1973, said, adding that it had occurred “over the past 150 years and has been steadily increasing”.
This year’s Wimbledon will start on June 27 and run until July 10.
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