On Monday, Andrey Rublev expressed his disagreement with Wimbledon’s decision to exclude him and other Russian players from the 2022 tournament. He believes that the All England Club is the only one suffering from this ban.
In response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Wimbledon has decided to ban all Russian players. Additionally, competitors from Belarus, which is a significant ally of Russia, were also excluded.
After a year has passed, the sanction has been lifted, but there is a condition. Players from both countries must sign declarations of neutrality.
However, Andrey Rublev, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, wasted no time in advancing to the second round of the men’s singles, further adding to his opponent’s disappointment.
He said that while we were talking, he believes we could potentially find a solution.
If we genuinely want to make a positive impact on tennis and the people involved, it seems clear that there were alternative options available instead of simply resorting to a ban.
In the end, there was no difference. They only made things worse for themselves.
Last year, the men’s ATP tour and women’s WTA tour decided not to give ranking points to Wimbledon as a response to the player ban.
Both governing bodies also levied significant fines.
The All England Club stated that they decided to lift the ban after having discussions with the UK government, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), and international tennis organizations.
In April, when the decision was made, Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, strongly criticized the move, describing it as “immoral.”
“I’m really happy to be back and competing now that we’re here,” Rublev said after his victory over Australia’s Max Purcell with a score of 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
The French Open highlighted the bitter consequences of the war in the world of sports.
The Paris crowd booed Ukrainian players Elina Svitolina and Marta Kostyuk because they didn’t shake hands with Belarusian world number two Aryna Sabalenka.
On Monday, Veronika Kudermetova, who is a Russian player, had a great victory. She defeated Kaia Kanepi, who is an experienced player, in straight sets.
She acknowledged that her relationships with her Ukrainian rivals in the locker room are still tense.
I greet them by saying hi. Some people respond, while others do not. I simply said, “Here we are, just tennis players.”
Victoria Azarenka, a former world number one from Belarus, expressed her appreciation for the Wimbledon crowd. She mentioned that she received a warm welcome while playing on Court 15, where she won against China’s Yuan Yue with a score of 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Today, it was really amazing to hear people saying, ‘Let’s go, Vika’ and cheering me on. It reminded me of one of the reasons why I love playing – to perform in front of a crowd and give them a great show. “I must say, that felt really great,” said the 33-year-old.