Rumors that Russian tennis players will be suspended from participating in Wimbledon this year were confirmed on Tuesday, when an official statement from the organizers appeared. It informs about the ban on participation for all Russian and Belarusian athletes. “We have a responsibility to play our part in the wide-ranging efforts of government, industry, sports and creative organizations to limit Russia's global influence through the most drastic measures”, - is said in the statement.
At the same time, the organizers do not mention one detail that Business Insider writes about: Russian players could not appear on the courts of Wimbledon even if they performed under a neutral flag or publicly renounced the policy of the Russian government.
As the British press notes, one of the reasons for this decision was the fear that a member of the royal family would have to honor the representative of Russia. If the Russians were allowed to play, this scenario would be quite plausible, since world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was considered one of the main contenders for the cup, and the royal family often participates in the award ceremony. For example, last year Kate Middleton, a tennis fan and patron of the All England Club, was present at the Novak Djokovic award ceremony.
Following Wimbledon's announcement, the decision was criticized by the ATP, the body that oversees elite men's tennis, stating: "We believe today's unilateral decision by Wimbledon and the LTA to exclude players from Russia and Belarus from this year's grass court tournament is unfair and could set a devastating precedent. for Game".