John Millman accuses All England Club of being money-hungry after Russian ban


Australian tennis professional John Millman has taken another thinly veiled jab at Wimbledon over his decision to ban all Russian and Belarusian players, accusing the move of being money-driven.

Millman was one of several pros to speak out against the All England Club’s move earlier in the week and has now doubled down.

The 32-year-old, who is currently ranked No. 80 on the ATP Tour, shared a story from the early stages of his career which he says shows the money-driven nature of Wimbledon.

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“When I first qualified for Wimbledon I asked for two extra floor passes for the family to watch – I was told to stand in line,” a- he tweeted.

“Money means everything there, if you want to ban athletes also donate all your profits to help. Then we would know you are serious.”

The tweet was Millman’s second opportunity to plead with the All England Club to donate its profits to Ukraine instead of banning Russian and Belarus players.

“I have the impression that Ukraine would be better served if [Wimbledon] donated all profits to support aid instead of banning Russian and Belarusian players,” he tweeted earlier.

Among the prominent male players affected by the ban are reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who recently reached No. 1 in the ATP rankings and is currently No. 2, and No. 8 Andrey Rublev .

Players affected include No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka, who was a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year; Victoria Azarenka, former No. 1 who won the Australian Open twice; and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, finalist of Roland-Garros last year.

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