In recent weeks, much has been made of talks initiated by the sports minister, Nigel Huddleston, with members of the All England Club to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from the Wimbledon tournament.
Now the news has come directly from the organizers of the Championship, who have confirmed the indiscretion launched by the New York Times. “Given the profile in the UK and around the world, it is our responsibility to play our part in the widespread efforts by government, industry, sports and creative institutions to limit Russia’s global influence through the strongest possible means. “, reads the official press release. .
“Under the circumstances of such an unprecedented and unjustified military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to benefit from the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in the tournament.
Therefore, we intend, with deep regret, to decline the registrations of Russian and Belarusian players for the 2022 tournament.”
No Wimbledon for Russian tennis players: the words of Carreño Busta
After beating Bernabé Zapata Miralles in straight sets in the second round of the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona, Pablo Carreño Busta has ruled on the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from Wimbledon.
He said: “I hope that Russian tennis players will be able to play and the war will end once and for all. I spoke to some Russian tennis players, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov, and they said they were against the war and had nothing to do with it. What’s going on.
The situation is very complicated and people outside the conflict are also suffering. I don’t know if it’s the best decision to make.”
Carreño Busta analyzed the match against Lorenzo Sonego: “It was my first match, he had already played.
With the minutes I felt the right sensations and I managed to win. Sonego? He is a very fast player, close to the top 20. He has improved a lot in recent years and plays very well on clay.
He has a great serve and a very powerful forehand. I will have to be very reliable and level up if I want to win the game. It is a very competitive tournament, there are still great players.”