Now Russian star is raging (Andrey Rublev)
On Wednesday, it was announced that Russian and Belarusian tennis players will not be allowed to participate in Wimbledon. The news has led to harsh criticism from Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev criticizes Wimbledon’s justification for the exclusion. Photo: Denis Balibouse / Ritzau Scanpix

It has simmered beneath the surface for a long time after the British government proclaimed in March that no one flying the Russian flag should be allowed to enter Britain.

And on Wednesday the news came then.

Russian and Belarusian tennis players are denied access to the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon.

A news that the world number eight on the men’s side criticizes.

– To be honest, their reasoning does not make sense. There is no logic in what they are proposing.

“What is happening right now is pure discrimination against us,” Andrey Rublev said at a news conference on Thursday, according to CNN.

Aryna Sabalenka is the highest ranked female tennis player to be excluded from participating. Photo: Adrian Dennis / Ritzau Scanpix
Aryna Sabalenka is the highest ranked female tennis player to be excluded from participating. Photo: Adrian Dennis / Ritzau Scanpix

A few days after Russia invaded Ukraine, Rublev wrote ‘no war please’ on a camera lens after a fight. At the press conference, he also emphasizes that he is, among other things, willing to donate his prize money to play.

– I think instead, it would mean something if we had to sign a declaration and on top of that donate our prize money to humanitarian aid for families and children who suffer, says Andrey Rublev and continues:

– And it will show that the British government is in favor of peace and that they will help.

The world’s best male tennis player, Novak Djokovic, also votes in the chorus of critical voices on top of the news from Wimbledon.

– I can not support the decision of Wimbledon. I think it’s crazy. When politics and sports get mixed up, the result is never good, the Serb said during the ATP tournament Serbia Open according to CNN.

The All England Tennis Club, which is grassroots to Wimbledon, justified the decision because they wanted to ‘limit global Russian influence through the strongest means available.’

Besides Andrey Rublev, who is the world number two on the men’s side, Daniil Medvedev is also excluded. On the women’s side, Aryna Sabalenka and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, among others, have been denied participation.

By Editor

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