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Daily Drops: Wimbledon on course for Russia repeat and a fun Rafael Nadal stat

In Daily Drops today: Wimbledon are on course for a Russian repeat, Elena Rybakina dismisses comments about her background, and Rafael Nadal has started making 'oldest ever' lists.
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In Daily Drops today: Wimbledon are on course for a Russian repeat, Elena Rybakina dismisses comments about her background, and Rafael Nadal has started making 'oldest ever' lists.

Wimbledon to repeat rankings woe?

The decision by Wimbledon to ban players from Russia and Belarus this year was controversial to say the least, as was the ATP and WTA's response to strip them of ranking points for it.

Officials at the All-England club seem to have very few regrets, though. In fact, they are reportedly planning on maintaining the policy into the 2023 tournament too.

The Independent newspaper in the UK claims 'senior officials' say they will be obliged to keep the ban in place as long as the British government continue their current policy of sanctions against Russia.

The report also claims Wimbledon are considering taking legal action against the WTA and ATP for fines issued due to the tournament breaking Grand Slam rules by 'discriminating' against players.

Elena Rybakina rejects 'product' tag

Elena Rybakina Wimbledon champion

I think we can safely say that the one thing that Wimbledon really, REALLY, needed this year was to have champions with no connections to Russia at all.

That didn't happen, with women's champion Elena Rybakina Russian born but now representing Kazakhstan.

After her victory in the final, the Russian Tennis Federation quickly claimed they had 'won Wimbledon,' and former ATP world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov claimed Rybakina was a 'product' of the Russian developmental system.

She, though, has distanced herself from those remarks.

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“The transition from a junior to a professional career is very difficult,” Rybakina said in response to Kafelnikov's comments.

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“A good team is needed. Not everyone is able to continue at professional level and achieve some successes. Only a small number (can) and in this way I am very lucky.

“So I am of course not really in agreement with that phrasing.”

Cool(ish) Rafa stat

I don't care who you are or what you're doing with your life, I don't think anyone really wants to be noted for being good despite being old.

That has now happened to Rafael Nadal after he jumped back up into the world top three after Wimbledon.

Indeed, Nadal is now the fourth oldest top-three player since rankings began behind Ken Rosewall, Roger Federer and Rod Laver.

So, you know, there you go...

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