World number 2 Daniil Medvedev has not given up hope of competing at Wimbledon next month, even though tournament organizers have banned Russians and Belarusians from playing the Grand Slam on grass due to the invasion of the Ukraine via Moscow.
The decision was quickly condemned by both the men’s and women’s circuits and a number of players, with Rafael Nadal calling the decision “unfair”.
Over the past week, it has also been suggested that Wimbledon could be stripped of ranking points by both tours if the ban remains in place – reducing the world’s most famous tennis tournament to an event of exhibition.
“I tried to follow what was happening because I have no decision to make. It’s now about Wimbledon itself, the ATP, maybe the British government is involved,” the Russian, who will be back in Geneva after spending the last six weeks, told reporters on Sunday. recovering from a hernia operation.
“It’s a tricky situation and like in all situations in life, you ask 100 players, everyone is going to give a different opinion.
“(When) you show a tennis ball to 100 people, I’m sure some of them will say it’s green and not yellow. I think it’s yellow. (But) if someone tells me says it’s green, I’m not going to come into conflict with that person.
Medvedev, who lost in the Australian Open final to Nadal in January, missed the start of the European clay season as he had to skip events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome while he regained his physical form.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has banned players from both countries from taking part in Wimbledon this year in response to what Russia calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine. Belarus was a key stage for the invasion.
The AELTC said it made the decision following discussions with the UK government.
US Open champion Medvedev said he remained hopeful the AELTC could make a late U-turn on their decision.
“I don’t know if this decision is 100% and it’s over (for me),” he said.
“If I can play, I will be happy to play at Wimbledon. I love this tournament. If I can’t play, well, I will try to play other tournaments and prepare well for next year if I have the chance to play.
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