Officials from Wimbledon are apparently in talks with the UK government to exclude Russian and Belarussian players from this year’s tournament.
According to reports, men’s world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev may be barred from competing in the tournament owing to concerns that a Russian victory would bolster Vladimir Putin’s administration during the invasion of Ukraine.
So far, Russian and Belarussian athletes have been allowed to compete in ATP, WTA, and ITF events as long as they do so under a neutral flag and without playing the national anthem. Due to its independent tournament status, the All England Club, which hosts Wimbledon, may be able to impose a ban on players from such countries without fear of legal repercussions.
Organisers are currently liaising with a number of bodies, including Government and the Lawn Tennis Association, ahead of announcing a verdict before next month’s entry deadline.
‘We have noted the UK Government’s guidance regarding the attendance of Russian and Belarusian individuals in a neutral capacity at sporting events in the UK,’ read a statement from the All England Club.
‘This remains a complex and challenging issue, and we are continuing to engage in discussion with the UK Government, the LTA, and the international governing bodies of tennis.
‘We plan to announce a decision in relation to Wimbledon ahead of our entry deadline in mid-May.’
Wimbledon is scheduled to take place from Monday, June 27 until Sunday, July 10.