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Wimbledon Bans Russians and Belarusians

Andrey Rublev is one of several Russians banned from the 2022 Wimbledon. EPA-EFE/AELTC / Edward Whitaker / POOL EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Wimbledon says no to Russians and Belarusians.

Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 Championships in condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced today.

Wimbledon Statement on Russian and Belarusian Players

“On behalf of the All England Club and the Committee of Management of The Championships, we wish to express our ongoing support for all those impacted by the conflict in Ukraine during these shocking and distressing times.

We share in the universal condemnation of Russia’s illegal actions and have carefully considered the situation in the context of our duties to the players, to our community and to the broader UK public as a British sporting institution. We have also taken into account guidance set out by the UK Government specifically in relation to sporting bodies and events.

Given the profile of The Championships in the United Kingdom and around the world, it is our responsibility to play our part in the widespread efforts of Government, industry, sporting and creative institutions to limit Russia’s global influence through the strongest means possible.

In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players with The Championships.

It is therefore our intention, with deep regret, to decline entries from Russian and Belarusian players to The Championships 2022.

Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Club, commented: “We recognize that this is hard on the individuals affected, and it is with sadness that they will suffer for the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime.

“We have very carefully considered the alternative measures that might be taken within the UK Government guidance but, given the high profile environment of The Championships, the importance of not allowing sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and our broader concerns for public and player (including family) safety, we do not believe it is viable to proceed on any other basis at The Championships.”

If circumstances change materially between now and June, we will consider and respond accordingly.

We also welcome the LTA’s decision in declining entries from Russian and Belarusian players to UK events to ensure that British tennis is delivering a consistent approach across the summer.

The grass-court Grand Slam is set for June 27th-July 10th.

The ban knocks several stars—including second-ranked Russian Daniil Medvedev, No. 8 Andrey Rublev, No. 26 Karen Khachanov and 30th-ranked Aslan Karatsev—out of Wimbledon.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in action against Monica Niculescu of Romania during their first round match at the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament in Wimbledon, Britain, 28 June 2021. EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, the world No. 4 who reached her maiden major semifinal at the 2021 Wimbledon, 2021 Roland Garrus runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka are among the notable names on the women’s side banned from SW19.

Russian and Belarusian players will be permitted to play Roland Garros next month.