‘Are You Serious?’ – French Open Comeback Star Gives a Staggering Reaction As Hopes of Playing Wimbledon Dries Down With Each Passing Day

Published 06/05/2023, 4:15 PM EDT

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Without any doubt, the Russian tennis player, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, is enjoying a magical run in her second Grand Slam tournament of the year, the French Open. After making it to the tournament’s quarterfinals, the 31-year-old discovered the ideal moment to share a revelation concerning her participation in Wimbledon. Many tennis players from Russia and Belarus are still awaiting the clearance of their visas to attend Wimbledon. But Pavlyuchenkova has taken a very different stance on her presence at the grass-court Grand Slam event.

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This comes after Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian tennis players from competing last year. But this year, the competition organizers at SW19 have opened their doors to the banned players.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova took a sarcastic dig at her Wimbledon participation 

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The 96th-ranked tennis player has reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2020 Australian Open. And while she is having a great time in the clay-court tournament, the Russian tennis star addressed an issue concerning her wild card participation at Wimbledon.

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She said, “Are you serious? Do you think after the situation last year they would give me a wildcard this year? I can try and ask. Actually, you’re right, thank you. I will try and ask, and I’ll let you know in the next press conference. Fingers crossed.” 

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However, a lot of tennis players who were banned last year have picked got a chance at competing for the title at Wimbledon this year. One such player is the world number 2 Aryna Sabalenka, who has high hopes to perform at Wimbledon. However, she is also stuck in the visa approval loop.

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But on the other hand, for Pavlyuchenkova, that’s not the only reason she preferred leaving out Wimbledon. She also talked about how even if she applied for a wild card, the probability of getting in might be quite low.

Pavlyuchenkova states her obvious reason for not participating in Wimbledon 

After making fun of the Wimbledon situation, Pavlyuchenkova explained that she would not be able to enter Wimbledon’s main draw through her protected ranking. She has already used up her two chances to do so for the Australian Open and French Open this year.

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Additionally, even if she were to use her new ranking points from the French Open, she will not qualify for Wimbledon. This is due to her previous rating of about 400, as Wimbledon’s deadlines were closed before Roland Garros. Furthermore, she made it clear that she would miss the entire grass-court season. Thus, following the French Open, all of her attention will be on the North American hardcourt swing.

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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