Wimbledon ban on Russian and Belarusian players branded ‘unfair’ by Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has described the ban on Russian and Belarusian players at Wimbledon as ‘unfair,’ but he says he will accept it if it’s enforced.

Wimbledon announced the controversial plans earlier this year in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, becoming the first tennis tournaments to sanction players.

The All England Club’s decision goes considerably further than the ATP and WTA have gone, with the two governing bodies allowing affected players to continue playing but not under their nation’s flag.

World number two Medvedev would be the highest ranked player to be hit by the ban, and he admits it’s a complicated situation to process.

“On the one hand, I can understand it and, on the other, I find it unfair,” Medvedev said of the ban.

“This is a delicate situation because it sets a precedent and puts other sports competitions in an uncomfortable position.”

Medvedev says there have also been extensive talks within tennis about the Wimbledon ban, and it’s a difficult one to justify from a legal point of view.

“Having discussed this with the ATP, we tennis players are considered by law to be self-employed.

“Currently in the United Kingdom, Russian self-employed workers have the right to work.

“So if I have the opportunity to play Wimbledon, I’d be delighted. If not, I would accept it.”

The WTA and ATP are still considering their response to Wimbledon’s decision, with some reports in the UK saying an announcement that the tournament will be stripped of ranking points is imminent.

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