Wimbledon bars Russian and Belarusian players over Ukraine invasion

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  • World No 2 Medvedev and former No 1 Azarenka out in cold
  • Ban welcomed in UK but Novak Djokovic calls decision ‘crazy’

Wimbledon has set itself on a potential collision course with the rest of tennis after banning Russian and Belarussian players from this summer’s championships due to the scale and severity of the invasion of Ukraine.

The decision was taken after nearly two months of deliberations and legal advice, with the All England Club also concerned about the image it would present if the world No 2, Daniil Medvedev, lifted its famous silver gilt cup on Centre Court.

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Written by Sean Ingle
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/apr/20/wimbledon-russian-and-belarusian-players-ban-ukraine-invasion-tennis under the title “Wimbledon bars Russian and Belarusian players over Ukraine invasion”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.