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World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev calls Wimbledon’s ban of Russians unfair

It sets a precedent and puts other sports competitions in an uncomfortable position, Medvedev said

MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev said it was unfair of the organizers of Wimbledon to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from taking part in the tournament. The Russian athlete's commentary is cited by the Swiss edition of the Tribune de Geneve.

"On the one hand, I can understand it [this decision] and, on the other, I find it unfair. This is a delicate situation because it sets a precedent and puts other sports competitions in an uncomfortable position. Where is the line? What are the rules that should lead to a possible exclusion? For having discussed it with the ATP, we are, us tennis players, considered in terms of law as independent workers. But currently in the United Kingdom, self-employed Russians have the right to work. So, if I have the opportunity to play at Wimbledon, I would be delighted. If not, I would accept it," he said.

Officials of one of the four prestigious Grand Slam tournaments, the 2022 Wimbledon, announced a decision on April 20 to bar players from Russia and Belarus citing as a reason Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. Later, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) said that this decision was unfair, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) expressed disappointment with the decision.

Wimbledon 2022 will be held from June 27 to July 10.