BREAKING: Daniil Medvedev Andrey Rublev and Other Russian Tennis Players Banned From Playing at the Wimbledon Championships 2022

Published 04/20/2022, 1:05 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 28, 2022. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. REUTERS/Morgan Sette

It has been turbulent times for World Number 2, Daniil Medvedev. Things have not been going his way after clinching the World Number 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic. He had to surrender the top spot shortly after, owing to his disastrous Indian Wells campaign.

In another disappointing news for him, the reigning US Open champion is set to miss this year’s Wimbledon. In a sensational turn of events, Russian tennis players will be barred from competing at Wimbledon in June. This comes as a huge blow to Medvedev, who was looking to regain the top spot from Djokovic.

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Further, as Eastern Europe is grappling with rising tensions, many saw this decision coming. It will affect the top players in the world like Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, and others.

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Earlier, the governing bodies of tennis had banned the Russian athletes from team competitions like the Davis Cup, and the Billie Jean King Cup. However, they allowed them to participate in individual tournaments under a neutral flag.

Difficult times for Daniil Medvedev

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Medvedev was a player to watch out for this season after his US Open exploits last season. At the Australian Open this year, he suffered a heart-breaking loss to Rafael Nadal in the finals. Medvedev was two sets up against the Spaniard. However, he couldn’t capitalize on the lead and finished runner-up in the tournament.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a shot against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Subsequently, a semifinal finish in Acapulco was enough for him to topple Djokovic to the top spot in the ATP rankings. However, he had a third-round exit at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This resulted in Djokovic reclaiming the Number 1 ranking. Further, he had a disappointing run in Miami too, where he lost in the quarterfinals against Hubert Hurkacz.

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Recently, Medvedev underwent surgery on a hernia. It has resulted in him missing the Monte Carlo Masters. Furthermore, he is also in doubt for the French Open. With the latest Wimbledon setback, it has resulted in a huge blow for him, at a time when he was looking to rule men’s tennis.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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