‘I Find it Unfair’ – Daniil Medvedev Talks About the Repercussions of Wimbledon’s Ban on Russian and Belarusian Players

Published 05/18/2022, 12:00 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 27, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Florian Eisele

Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Daniil Medvedev has been one of the most vocal athletes in the game. Just like several other players, World No. 2 has also been constantly appealing for peace between the two countries. He has also been vocal about entities criticizing the Russian players. Taking his stand ahead, he feels that Wimbledon’s decision to ban players is unfair.

End of April, Wimbledon announced that it is banning Russian and Belarusian players from competing at this year’s Wimbledon. The officials of SW19 supported their decision by calling it a way of protest against the position of the two countries in the conflict. Since the announcement, Wimbledon has been receiving utmost criticism from the entire tennis community.

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Daniil Medvedev criticizes Wimbledon

Medvedev is one of the few players who have been criticizing Wimbledon since the time it announced its decision. At first, the 26-year-old appealed to the officials of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to take back the decision. Supporting his appeal, he put up the point that banning players from competing wouldn’t make any difference in the current situation between the two countries. Going further, he suggested that the players could instead donate the prize money to the cause.

Following his appeal, he underwent a procedure for Hernia that kept him away from the tennis world for close to two months. Missing out on almost the entire clay-court season, Medvedev made a comeback at the Geneva Open. However, struggling with form, he suffered a second-round loss to Richard Gasquet.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his first round match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS/Paul Childs

While in Geneva, Medvedev once again put forward his views on Wimbledon’s ban while talking to a Swiss French-language daily. On one hand, he claimed to have an understanding of the decision. However, on the other hand, he asserted that the decision is unfair and will set a precedent for other sports.

Talking to the media house, he said, “On the one hand, I can understand it and, on the other, I find it unfair. This is a delicate situation because it sets a precedent and puts other sports competitions in an uncomfortable position.”

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Apart from Medvedev, a number of other players have also come forward protesting against Wimbledon’s decision. Players have appealed to ATP and WTA to strip off ranking points from Wimbledon. While WTA’s Chief Executive has come out in support of the call, ATP is yet to announce its decision.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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