Wimbledon organizers have decided to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the prestigious London Grand Slam tournament. The difficult choice of the Championship provoked various reactions in the world of tennis.
Andrey Rublev, one of the stakeholders, expressed his point of view and admitted that he does not follow politics very much. “I made a statement about the situation and then I didn’t want to answer any more questions, so now I’m going to make another statement and hopefully it can clear things up.
First of all, I am not a political expert. I don’t know anything, I don’t read the news and I’m not in general, because I work hard to be a tennis player and that’s my job.
Some players and I had a call with Wimbledon yesterday just to discuss the situation and try to find a solution. To be honest, the reasons that led to the exclusion do not make sense and there is no logic in what they came up with.
I could have understood that the exclusion of the Russian and Belarusian players would have some impact, but it will not help or change anything. What they are doing is discriminating against us.”
Lesia Tsurenko criticizes Andrey Rublev
Rublev’s statements in turn found the word of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Lesia Tsutenko. Both responded to the Russian’s comments through his Twitter account.
She wrote: “This man (referring to Rublev) is not interested in what is happening in his country. And he is not even interested in what is happening in the neighboring country.
Is awesome. What a distance exists between our States and our peoples, I hadn’t realized it for so long! I am so sorry. I was blind.” Tsurenko then shared Dolgopolov’s earlier post, which harshly attacked Rublev himself.
“Rublev’s statements are the perfect example that the British FA’s decision is the correct one. He is simply lying, in line with what his president does and his daily propaganda.”