“If the player commits not to promote war, that player will be able to participate in tournaments before Wimbledon 2023,” the Telegraph revealed a source from the Wimbledon organizers. Sports Illustrated also confirmed the information and confirmed that the ban on Russian and Belarusian tennis players will soon be lifted.
Wimbledon last year banned 17 Russian and Belarusian players from participating in the tournament after a conflict broke out in Ukraine. This caused the British Tennis Association to be fined a total of nearly two million USD by the ATP and WTA and received much criticism.
Thus, if you agree to sign a statement not to promote or express views in support of the war, Daniil Medvedev – the ATP Tour’s biggest winner this season with 19 matches, and his Russian and Belarusian colleagues will be included. compete in Wimbledon and the warm-up events for this year’s grass-court Grand Slam.
Earlier this year, Novak Djokovic expressed his hope that the strongest players will be able to play at Grand Slams, including Wimbledon – where the Serbian tennis player won last season.
On March 6, Djokovic announced his withdrawal from the Masters tournament in Indian Wells this week, due to being unable to enter the US.
The US government plans to lift the ban on entry of unvaccinated people on May 11. After this point, 22 Grand Slam owners can attend tournaments in the US, including the US Open.