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Wimbledon ban for Russian and Belarus players is ‘total discrimination’, says Andrey Rublev |  Tennis News

Andrey Rublev says All England Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarus players was ‘illogical’; urges Wimbledon to donate all prize money to relief efforts in Ukraine; Rublev and fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev, two of the top players set to miss this summer’s Grand Slam

Last update: 22/04/22 07:12

Andrey Rublev says it’s ‘total discrimination’ for Russian and Belarus players to be banned from Wimbledon

Andrey Rublev has called Wimbledon’s ban of Russian and Belarusian players for this year’s tournament “total discrimination”.

The All England club banned Russian and Belarus players from competing following the invasion of Ukraine.

Russian world number 8 Rublev and his compatriot Daniil Medvedev, who is ranked world number 2, are now on the verge of missing out on this summer’s Grand Slam.

World number one Novak Djokovic slammed the decision, calling it “crazy” and now Rublev has said the call was “illogical”.

Rublev also urged Wimbledon to donate all prize money to relief efforts in Ukraine.

Addressing the AFP news agency at the Serbian Open in Belgrade, the 24-year-old said: “What is happening now is total discrimination against us. The reasons they gave us didn’t make sense, they don’t weren’t logical.

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“Banning Russian or Belarusian players… won’t change anything.

“Donating all the prize money would have a more positive effect on humanitarian aid, on the families who are suffering, on the children who are suffering.

“I think it would do something. Tennis will be, in this case, the first and only sport to give away that amount of money and it will be Wimbledon, so they will take all the glory.”

“We recognize that this is hard on those affected, and it is with sadness that they will suffer from the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime.” We have very carefully considered the alternative measures that could be taken within the framework of the directives of the British government. but, given the highly publicized environment of the Championships, the importance of not allowing the sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and our wider concerns for the safety of the public and players (including family ), we don’t think it’s viable to proceed on any other basis at the Championships.”

Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Club

A statement from the All England Club released earlier this week read: “We share universal condemnation of Russia’s unlawful actions and have carefully considered the situation in the context of our duties to the players, to our community and to the general British public. as a British sporting establishment.

“If circumstances change materially by June, we will review and react accordingly.”

Rublev called for peace shortly after the war began when he signed a camera lens with “no war please” at the Dubai Tennis Championship.

The Belarusian Tennis Federation said it was seeking legal advice on the decision to ban its players from Wimbledon.

“Such destructive actions in no way contribute to conflict resolution but only incite hatred and intolerance on a national basis,” he said.

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