The PTPA – co-founded by Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil – has made it clear that it is absolutely against wars and violence, but also stressed that it does not support discrimination against any player on the ATP or WTA circuits.
On Wednesday, Wimbledon confirmed the ban on Russian and Belarusian players. Shortly after the Wimbledon announcement, the LTA announced the banning of Russian and Belarusian players from all UK events.
The Wimbledon decision means that some of the biggest names in tennis will not play at the All England Club this year. On the men’s side, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev, Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Karatsev will miss the tournament.
Among the women, Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will not participate in the Wimbledon tournament.
The PTPA statement on the Wimbledon decision
“We strongly denounce the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and Belarus.
We recognize that we cannot stop the violence, but our collective voice can be used to support Ukraine and its citizens as they continue to advocate for peace and justice.
The PTPA is committed to learning and protecting your tennis, both in private and in public. We have heard from many people who are deeply affected by this war and we thank them for sharing their stories,” the PTPA statement read.
“As the main competitions of our sport consider banning Russian and Belarusian athletes, we must reflect and understand that many of them have lost their freedom of choice and expression due to the laws applied by the Russian and Belarusian federations, speaking against Russia. o Belarus or denouncing the invasion can lead to imprisonment.
The PTPA does not discriminate against any tennis player based on their nationality, but will oppose those who support, express or commit acts of violence against innocent people.”
Rublev, the second-ranked Russian tennis player, has criticized Wimbledon, accusing it of “total discrimination” against Russian players.