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Italian Open 2022 To Go the Wimbledon Way With a Possible Ban for Russia and Belarus

Published 04/26/2022, 3:04 AM EDT

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The geopolitical situation in the world is quite precarious right now, and that has taken a toll on the sports world as well. Recently, Wimbledon announced they will not allow Russian and Belarusian players to take part in the Championships. While this decision has been supported by many, it mostly had received widespread criticism. Now, however, there’s another tournament that has joined Wimbledon in instating a similar blanket ban.

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While it has not been confirmed yet, the Italian Open organizers are very seriously considering imposing a blanket ban on players from Russia and Belarus. The decision taken by Wimbledon may have brought this consideration about the blanket ban. Sources close to the tournament say that Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is considering the various ways in which they can prevent Russians and Belarusians from playing in Italy.

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There are just two weeks remaining for the tournament. Thus, top players like Victoria Azarenka and Andrey Rublev are hoping for an affirmative decision. However, they are not the only players from the two countries who are awaiting the news about the policy that the Italian Open. As it stands now, there are 11 players from Russia and Belarus in the main draw.


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Wimbledon’s ban and Andrey Rublev’s promise


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Andrey Rublev was one of the first people, Russian or otherwise, to protest against the war. Before he won the title at the Dubai Tennis Championships, he protested in his own way. After his semifinal match, he wrote “No war please” on the camera glass. He also issued a promise if allowed to play at Wimbledon after all.

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Generally known as a nice person on the ATP Tour, Rublev said that if allowed to play, he will be donating all the prize money to humanitarian aid working in Ukraine.


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While it is unlikely that Wimbledon will be changing its policy, we can only hope that the politics and its fallout do not interfere with the non-partisan nature of sports.

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Rishma Banerjee


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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!
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