Wimbledon in talks with government over banning Russian and Belarusian players amid Ukraine invasion


Wimbledon in talks with government over banning Russian and Belarusian players amid Ukraine invasion

Wimbledon officials are reportedly in talks with the UK Government to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s championships.

Reports have suggested men’s world No 2 Daniil Medvedev could be banned from the tournament due to fears a Russian victory would boost Vladimir Putin’s regime amid the invasion of Ukraine.

Russian and Belarusian athletes have so far been permitted to continue playing in ATP, WTA, and ITF competitions as long as they do so under a neutral flag and with no anthem played. But it is understood the All England Club, which hosts Wimbledon, may be allowed to implement a ban on players from those countries without risk of legal repercussions due to its independent tournament status.

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.

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