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Daniil Medvedev happy to be able to defend his 'special' US Open title after Wimbledon exile

"Where I can play, I'm gonna play." - Daniil Medvedev continues his classy response to Wimbledon ban.
Daniil Medvedev backhand US Open

Daniil Medvedev has welcomed the news he will be allowed to play the US Open, saying the event is 'special' to him.

Medvedev is the world number one and yet is banned from playing at Wimbledon this year due to his nationality.

The Championships have opted to not allow players from Russia and Belarus to play in the tournament in response to the crisis in the Ukraine, but it's a controversial decision.

This week the US Open announced they would not be following suit, and those players will be free to play in at Flushing Meadows this year.

That is an obvious boost for Medvedev, who won his maiden major at the US Open last year and will now get the opportunity to defend those points.

"I always say that I have to follow the rules," Medvedev said at Halle, where he is playing this week. "Where I can play, I'm gonna play, I'm going to try to play my best.

"I'm happy that I will be able to defend [my US Open title].

"It would be really disappointing if I would not, because that's some great memories and always in US Open, it's an amazing tournament—probably the more special one for me."

Daniil Medvedev is playing some really good tennis on grass this year, which is a cruel irony given his Wimbledon ban, and he intends to carry on with that whether his schedule includes a trip to SW19 or not.

“I will play Mallorca next week for sure, I want to defend that title,” he said.

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“Without Wimbledon coming up, I don’t have to preserve my body and I can play three tournaments in a row.

"I’ll then spend a few more days in Mallorca and then return to the south of France to train for the hard courts.

"I may add another tournament to my list, but I’m not sure yet.”

Author's comment: Regardless of whether or not you think Wimbledon have made the correct decision, it is hard not to feel some sympathy for the affected players.

The reason behind the ban is nothing to do with them and yet they have been sanctioned regardless.

Daniil Medvedev has always been magnanimous about the situation in the press. It's true he only going to lose 180 points after Wimbledon (compared to Novak Djokovic who loses 2000 despite being allowed to play), but the sense of injustice must be real for him.

Ultimately, we think players should be allowed to defend the points they earn on merit, regardless of their nationality, so it's good to see the US Open ensure everyone gets that opportunity.

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