Vice President of the Tennis Federation of Ukraine Evgeniy Zukin expressed his opinion on the banning of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from Wimbledon. He told The Guardian: “Wimbledon? They made the right decision and I’m surprised the ATP, WTA and most of the tennis community don’t get it.
Anyone who does not punish Russian and Belarusian athletes is playing on the side of the monster (referring to Russian President Vladimr Putin). It is normal for economic sanctions to be applied to the country that has waged war, although not the entire Russian population agrees with what is happening.
If the ATP and WTA share the values of the liberal world, they must do something to stop this monster. Tennis keeps repeating that Russian tennis players are not responsible, but by playing them, they continue to promote Russia.”
“If a Russian tennis player wins Wimbledon, it will be used as a show of dominance. In Russia, politics and sports are mixed. Putin met with Russian sports stars and told them: You are at the forefront, you guard the fight and the defense of Our values.
So we cannot close our eyes and ignore it. I like to watch Medvedev and Andrey Rublev play. But when I think about the suffering of the Ukrainian people, I think it’s wrong to let the Russians play games and promote their system.”
Seva Kevlych’s words on the matter
The Ukrainian Tennis Federation has welcomed the decision made by the organizers of the Wimbledon tournament, which banned Russian and Belarusian tennis players from participating in the prestigious London Grand Slam.
Immediately after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Seva Kevlych, a member of the Ukrainian tennis movement, had clearly expressed her will. “I know that Russia has few ties with Daniil Medvedev, but as a Russian citizen he plays for his country.
You must not participate in international events organized by the ITF. If he can’t make it to Grand Slams, he can’t be number one. He shouldn’t play Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.
I don’t care if Russia has both Davis Cup and Fed Cup. It would be a shame if these two tournaments started.”