The New York Times reported that the ban will apply not only to Russians, but also Belarusians.

Russian tennis players, including world number two Daniil Medvedev, will not be allowed to attend Wimbledon due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is reported by Reuters.

The New York Times reported that the ban will apply not only to Russians, but also Belarusians.

At the same time, according to Sportico, the decision regarding Belarusian athletes is not yet known.

The organizer of Wimbledon, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), announced in early April that the decision on the admission of Russians and Belarusians will be announced before the deadline for submitting applications for participation in the tournament in mid-May.

Russian and Belarusian athletes were also banned from participating in team competitions such as the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup.

Earlier, British Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said that the government would support the decision not to allow Russians and Belarusians to the tournaments at all. In case of admission to competitions on the territory of the kingdom, athletes from Russia and Belarus will have to confirm in writing that they will not speak approvingly about Vladimir Putin, the authorities of Russia or Belarus and that they do not receive money from them.

Immediately after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Daniil Medvedev cautiously spoke out against the war.

“I’m all for peace,” he said at a press conference at the tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. Andrey Rublev, after reaching the final of the tournament in Dubai, wrote on the camera lens: “No war, please.”

The head of the WTA Women’s Tennis Association, Steve Simon, previously opposed the non-admission of athletes to competitions for political reasons.

The top ten of the men’s world ranking includes Russians Daniil Medvedev (2nd place) and Andrey Rublev (8th place), Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (15th place), as well as Belarusians Arina Sobolenko (4th place) and Victoria Azarenka (18th place).

The Wimbledon tournament will be held from June 27 to July 10 in London.